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McCain Mocks Media 'Love Affair' with Obama

By Howard Kurtz
John McCain's strategists have unveiled a new weapon against what they view as fawning coverage of his Democratic rival: mockery.

The campaign has posted two online videos, filled with clips of journalists saying nice things about McCain's opponent, and an e-mail message to reporters declaring: "It's pretty obvious that the media has a bizarre fascination with Barack Obama. Some may even say it's a love affair.... If it wasn't so serious, it would be funny."

The gimmick: asking people to vote on which video they prefer and promising to put that one on the air. Privately, though, McCain aides say they will be satisfied if the videos go viral, firing up supporters and donors, and that it isn't clear any of this will find its way into a campaign ad.

The tactic is reminiscent of a Hillary Clinton commercial during the Democratic primaries, urging voters to ignore the pundits, some of whom were seen denigrating her chances. McCain himself has not voiced such criticism, deflecting a question yesterday from ABC's Diane Sawyer about intense coverage of Obama's trip to the Middle East and Europe by saying "it is what it is."

McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker says they are just having a little fun.

"It's done with a light touch, especially this week, when it's at its height," she says, referring to the Obama trip coverage.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism, in a report today, says that in the six weeks since Clinton left the race, "Obama has appeared as a leading newsmaker in 78 percent of election stories, and McCain in 51 percent." The study covers both print and electronic coverage.

The two McCain videos are similar, punctuated by heart images and such music as the Four Seasons singing "You're just too good to be true, can't take my eyes off of you." MSNBC's Chris Matthews is the biggest star, beginning with his reaction to an Obama speech during the primaries: "I felt this thrill running up my leg."

CNN's Lou Dobbs says of the networks: "They're in the tank."

Others critique the coverage. MSNBC's Tucker Carlson is seen saying: "Anyone who's been a ninth-grade boy understands this species of love."

I found myself making a couple of cameo appearances, as well, questioning on CNN whether there is a growing imbalance in the volume of Obama and McCain coverage. My agent will be in touch.

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McCain is NOT AMERICAN, so how THE HELL can he run for president.

Posted by: Chuck MacCarthy | July 28, 2008 4:24 AM | Report abuse

McCain is old, cold and has no idea of how the economy should be dealt with, so what experience does he have. Oh yes, he went to war, but has he won any? No, his just an old man who is slowly loosing his bearings. So catch a wake up McCain.
OBAMA 08, all the way.

Posted by: Ricky | July 28, 2008 4:17 AM | Report abuse

Without a first class tax paying base , the USA can not afford a first class military , or internal infrastructure . The republican machine love there money more than the country that gave that wealth to them , they lack ethics and integrity . There morals are skewed away from humanity !

Posted by: glenn Carpenter | July 24, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

To: MakeUsProud | July 23, 2008 7:20 PM

Well, you need to research this a little more. It's actually if you make under $250k per year, then Obama would give you a tax CUT. If you make over $250k year then most likely your taxes would go up.

For most of us non-super-rich folks:

McCain = Continued weaking of the economy, our national security, and the constitution. Continued strengthing of the extremists (Right wingers and the terrorists), and their ATM machine called "Lobbyists", Endless war on whoever they want by lying and calling them a "terrorist", and a Coward as POTUS who doesn't even stand up for what he believed in before he became a Karl Rove pawn.

Obama = Fiscal Responsibily, Less debt, Less Job Outsourcing overseas, Less outsourcing of government jobs, Stronger Economy, Less Dependence on Oil, Reduce the power of political lobbyists, War on REAL terrorists.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious.

Obama = higher taxes + more regulation + abortion on demand +gun control + handouts to deadbeats + "free" healthcare

McCain = lower taxes + personal responsibility for your life + a chance of social security reform

Hmmm...but...I know...those terrible pro-business republicans...the same businesses that employ us....and make our investments work for us so we can retire on more than social security.

It's funny...I can't find a pro-Obama person that can name any of his accomplishments....it's all "he's energetic," or "he's a uniter," or "he's for change." Yup....he's not a uniter....and his cup of change (what's left in your cup after the tax man cometh) is not something I want.

If you make more than $30K per year...be wary of Obama. If you like a retirement on social security...vote for the man. If you believe the government is better at taking care of you than you taking care of you....vote OBAMA! If your union says OBAMA will make your paycheck increase and take it away from your CEO...vote OBAMA! You deserve it! Can't make it on your own? Vote OBAMA! Don't want to sacrifice for the things you want in life....VOTE OBAMA! Think your teacher should make $100K per year and still have students that can't read - VOTE OBAMA! Think guns kill and people don't...vote OBAMA! Think it's fine for DiCaprio, Gore, and Travolta to fly around in their personal jets to tell you how to run your life? VOTE OBAMA! Do it man! He'll fix it all! There won't be any more corruption in business (hell...get rid of business!). We need way more holidays and vacation and while we're at it...a government financed house! OBAMA CAN DO IT!!! He's gonna fix IRAQ!! I can't wait till he's President. I can't wait for the world to be right....just like it was before Adam and Eve. Minimum wage? Why not $20 per hour? Why not???

Seems a lot like socialism to me. And...I could care less if a bunch of socialists around the world are upset because we finally grew some balls and started going after terrorists and people that want US (yeah..even the libs) dead. Boo hoo. Get back to your vacation.

I'll tell you this...I have many issues with the current Republican party....but I shutter to think of what would have happened these last 8 years had Gore or Kerry won.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | July 23, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no Family Values:

McCain has a reputation as a politician who has difficulty keeping his pants zipped, according to Republican sources. He acknowledges that his adultery broke up his first marriage. His second wife Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran. McCain acknowledges that she didn't want him to run, and only agreed once he promised that she doesn't have to go to New Hampshire or Iowa.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a Founding Member of the Keating Five criminal group:

Back in the old days, defendants in famous trials got numbers -- the Chicago Eight, the Gang of Four, the Dave Clark Five, the Daytona 500. McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.
Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain has lost every war he has been in.

McCain was one of the lowest scoring military students ever.

McCain has one of the worst military records one could have - even with the support of his Admiral father. He knows how to act like his father, but has nothing to back it up with upstairs.

McCain has no business experience. NONE. He's never worked a real job. He knows very little about how america works.

McCain couldn't even read this website if he wanted to - he doesn't know how to use a computer. McCain is out of touch with america. He uses servants to attend to all his needs - he lives off his wife's and our money. Even when running for POTUS, he only works 3-4 days a week. Does he even want to be POTUS?!

McCain has only negative value to america as POTUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain's ever growing list of Flip Flops:

National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush's warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even "terrible killers," "the worst kind of scum of humanity," and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, "deserve to have some adjudication of their cases," even if that means "releasing some of them." McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

4. In February, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain favored closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with Predators, McCain criticized him for it. He's since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.

8. McCain supported moving "toward normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good idea and a bad idea.

16. McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."

17. McCain has repeatedly said it's a dangerous mistake to tell the "enemy" when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

18. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

Domestic Policy

19. McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

20. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.

21. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

22. He argued that the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

23. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

24. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

25. McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

26. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.

27. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. before he supported it.

28. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.

29. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

30. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.

Economic Policy

31. McCain was against Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.

32. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated," and "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a "very strong" understanding of economics.

33. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.

34. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

35. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

36. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."

37. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.

38. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.

Energy Policy

39. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling; now he's against it.

40. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

41. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to be voluntary.

42. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.

43. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.

Immigration Policy

44. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.

45. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.

46. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders "before proceeding to other reform measures." Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he'd never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his "top priority."

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law

47. McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.

48. McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

49. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform

50. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.


51. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

52. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

Politics and Associations

53. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn't.

54. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.

55. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.

56. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

57. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.

58. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

59. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

60. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the honorary co-chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

61. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was "corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff's gay lover." McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse


RE TIM

This note is overkill, but it needs to be posted, in case others try to discuss something with Tim.

Tim is an Obama supporter who posts erroneous and misleading information in favor of Obama. Examples are throughout this forum, the last one on July 23, 2008 2:12 PM. He does not admit his errors, and if you address him he often sneaks replies in at the bottom of posts to others. Decent and honest discussion with him is impossible, which is fairly typical of Obama supporters.

Posted by: Billw | July 23, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

For the editorial editor of the NYT, it isn't a love, Obama is just the teacher's pet, posting his writing on the board for everyone to see, but sending McCain's paper back, asking for a rewrite.

Posted by: Ed | July 23, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse


Tim said:
" BTW, Billw, i've already proved you wrong, you can cry about facts, but in the end my facts are real and yours are opinion."

Your behavior is fairly typical of Obama supporters. You deny misbehavior. You did not disprove a single fact I gave, and now you project, claiming I am guilty of your error. Here is proof of your misinformation, if not untruth:

You said here at 3:18 7-22-08:
" Ayers is a professor of English who lives down the street from him. How is that condoning terrorist? Ayers served his punishment and is now no longer a terrorist, fact busted."

Karl said here at 6:05 7-22-08
"Ayers is admitantly an Unrepentant Terrorist who does not regret his domestic bombings as a weatherman and wishes he would have done more. "

Proof (by me):
" Obama protégé William Ayers was a leader in the Weather Underground movement who never served a day in jail, and told the New York Times on September 11, 2001(!!!) that he never regretted personally bombing government buildings and wished he had done more: ''I don't regret setting bombs,'' Bill Ayers said on 9/11. ''I feel we didn't do enough.'' Would he do it again? "I would not discount the possibility," Ayers told the Times. ""

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/02/obamas_weatherman_connection.html

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"Ayres, a unrepentant terrorist, still harbors resentment toward the United States. Famously, on 9-11 he penned an Op-Ed in the New York Times in which he stated that he not only did not regret the terrorist bombings he participated in, but he only WISHED he had DONE MORE."

http://www.hinzsightreport.com/2008/...cacion-es.html

There are thousands of references saying the same. Check Google.

Posted by: Billw | July 23, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I wish the media would have had a "Special News Bulletin" for when Obama arrived in Afganistan for the 1st time in his life! I can hear the reporters say "An historic moment for the freshman senator, watch as he places his first step on Afgan Soil!" "One step for Obama, One Giant step for his inexperience!"

Seriously I am planning a 12 Day vacation for myself to visit each country he did. BUT! I will stay in each country for 2 days! Thus I will have more experience than Obama by 200%!

As I watch the news I realize that the American Media has been comprimised...

I NEVER had a Obatomy!

McChange 08' "Because there is No other Solution for America"
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So you measure experience by how long you spend in a country, and not who you talk to while you are there?

I submit that once this trip is over, OBAMA will have more foreign experience then John McCain. Has McCain talked in private with all the leaders that Obama will be talking too? I think not.

Sure, if you count walking around a country as "have experience in foreign affairs" with that country then there are alot of people better suited for presidency then both McCain or Obama. The fact that Obama has the power to talk to all the important people along the way makes him a stronger diplomat.

(BTW, Billw, i've already proved you wrong, you can cry about facts, but in the end my facts are real and yours are opinion.)

Posted by: Tim | July 23, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I wish the media would have had a "Special News Bulletin" for when Obama arrived in Afganistan for the 1st time in his life! I can hear the reporters say "An historic moment for the freshman senator, watch as he places his first step on Afgan Soil!" "One step for Obama, One Giant step for his inexperience!"

Seriously I am planning a 12 Day vacation for myself to visit each country he did. BUT! I will stay in each country for 2 days! Thus I will have more experience than Obama by 200%!

As I watch the news I realize that the American Media has been comprimised...

I NEVER had a Obatomy!

McChange 08' "Because there is No other Solution for America"

Posted by: Not A Pawn To ObamaCon! | July 22, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

"Is this going to be the first presidential election with no debates. I want McCain on TV in front of the world. He won't do it because he's scared."

WOW!! I guess the fact that McCain has BEGGED Obama for debates mean noting when you think facts are just diversions.
Come back when you can speak without forked tongue, Red Man.

Posted by: RoBoTech | July 22, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

This makes John McCain and the Republicans look envious, childish, desperate, and just plain silly. Why post videos showing how much the media covers Obama?? What's the point... to further highlight how no one is paying attention to McCain? Perhaps he wants to alienate the press even more? Who runs this campaign? Complete idiots!

Posted by: Bryan | July 22, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The liberal media is so stupid!
They allowed George Bush to lie to americans about the war in Iraq and did not have the reason to do their duty and responsibility to question his actions.

The liberal media is so stupid!
They are now allowing Barack Hussein to lie to americans about his lack of experience on issues that are critical for America and once again they are failing to do their duty and be responsible by ask the hard questions, so that americans get to know the true Barack Hussein.

The liberal media is so stupid!
They are responsible for the situation our country is in and they should all be held accountable for it.

The liberal media is so stupid!
They are more interested in the excitement of watching a monkey that can sing, dance and speak English well, than being responsible and doing their job.

Shame on you liberal media!

Posted by: Manolete | July 22, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wants more attention than the news media should air a special on The Charles Keating Savings and Loan scandal in which McCain fronted for his benefactor who was busy defrauding thousands of retired people of their life's savings.

McCain never apologized, but just said, " I showed poor judgment." What an understatement. He has shown poor judgment his whole life. He is not to be trusted in matters of war or peace.

His bragging about " I know how to win wars." shoud be a wake up call to concerned citizens. Don't place this angry, irritable, and forgetful man anywhere near a nuclear button. He is simply a very dangerous person- and a liar.

Posted by: Elizabeth
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The ONLY war in which McCain participated was the VietNam War. He was a pilot, so he does not have the ground experience not does have have a war command experience. He bombed his target and circled back around low and slow when he sould have returned to his home base. What was his purpose for returning to the scene had just attacked? He was shot down and became a POW. That is the extent of McCain's War experience!! He seems to think this is what it takes to make a warrior and a president. He is absolutely telling a fairytale when he says he knows how to win wars!! Hey, if McCain know how to win wars, why have't we won the Iraq War?? Isn't it interesting how he keeps bringing his being shot down and being a POW, over and over and over again? Maybe John McCain is suffering from DELAYED Severe Post Stress Disorder 35-40 years after the fact?? I am serious! SPSD is an awful thing to suffer. John McCain has not fought a war to its conclusion nor has he won a war. He is deluding himself and THINKS he is deluding us; he is WRONG!!

McCain MOCKED and CRITICIZED Senator Obama because he had only been to Iraq once before and had not been to Afghanistan and "MOCKED" him to go. Senator Obama decided to make a trip to these countries and several others as well. Senator Obama is making news and the media are reporting it while McCain was riding a golf cart with Bush Senior. Big news vs hohum news! McCain should have known that this trip by Senator Obama is a "make history" event and should not be so whiney and petty. You know, I wonder if this is what Gramm was talking about, remember he came back and said he wasn't talking about the people but of the leaders having become whiners. Maybe he got sick and tired of hearing McCain Whine to him!! And as a result Gramm was venting to all of us. "I hear all this whining....." Little did we know, it was McCain's whining that got to him!!

Posted by: NinaK | July 22, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Of course the media covers Obama more than they do McCain - Obama's more interesting: there's more substance to Obama.

If McCain wants similar treatment, he could try being more interesting, instead of just mumbling the meandering maxims of Bush/Cheney and their mindless minions.

We're tired of Bush/Cheney, and we won't pay much attention to a man who used to be a "maverick," but is now just a right-wing hack who abandoned his values - as well as his honesty, for the sake of his party's nomination. Nobody likes prostitution.

The only thing McCain seems to do now is complain about Obama. When that doesn't work, he whines about the press.

Maybe he could try being interesting, instead, like he used to be.

Maybe he could actually DO SOMETHING. If he remembers how.

Fat chance. He is what he is.

Posted by: Dennis Berry | July 22, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The liberal media is so stupid!
They allowed George Bush to lie to americans about the war in Iraq and did not have the reason to do their duty and responsibility to question his actions.

The liberal media is so stupid!
They are now allowing Barack Hussein to lie to americans about his lack of experience on issues that are critical for America and once again they are failing to do their duty and be responsible by ask the hard questions, so that americans get to know the true Barack Hussein.

The liberal media is so stupid!
They are responsible for the situation our country is in and they should all be held accountable for it.

The liberal media is so stupid!
They are more interested in the excitement of watching a monkey that can sing, dance and speak English well, than being responsible and doing their job.

Shame on you liberal media!

Posted by: Manolete | July 22, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Gator-ron,

Thanks for your post. You're a nice person, and your arguments are dang solid and true. Yes, the stock market has gone down under Bush. There are a number of reasons for that a lot of which aren't Bush's fault but definitely some are.

I guess what it comes down to is that the Democrats are going to have the House and Senate with much stronger numbers come January. I liked Clinton's second term a lot better than his first. I like the balance of powers thing and I know that the Democrats are due judicial nominees which probably wouldn't happen under McCain but I doubt McCain would appoint anyone that isn't a moderate like a Kennedy or the former Justice O' Conner (granted a lot of people tend to say even they are center right but they tended to be pretty fair).

It would worry me to have a Democratic Legislative and Executive at the same time. Bill Clinton didn't do a bad job when that happened but I think Senator Obama is left-leaning because if he's already talking about tax increases during the campaign, he will definitely implement more.

The Republicans messed up big time when they had the House, Senate and Presidency under Bush (current). McCain is often called a Maverick when referred to Republicans he is against a lot of things that traditional Republicans are for such as immigration reform and a strong fight against global warming.

No offense to Democrats, but they would mess up just like the Republicans did with Senator Obama as President. I think that there are going to be many things to gain with McCain as president and a Democratic House and Senate. McCain moreso than Obama is willing to reach across the isle (even though Obama begs to differ) his voting record is a bit to the left than former President Clinton ever was.

I got off topic a few times, but what I was trying to get at is that McCain would definitely work with Democrats in a much more effective way than Bush is, and if Obama were President with a almost DEFINITE House and Senate Democratic majority the country would move too much to the left. Our current social programs need to be saved before we can introduce new ones as big as universal health care.

That is not to say that I'm not all that happy with either McCain introducing tax breaks or Obama introducing increased spending during times of deficits. Either guy gets elected and the economy is going to improve from the current situation because we'll be in an upturn by then.

Posted by: Andrew | July 22, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

ROFL Instead of McCain "Commenting" he's "Mocking". Obama's "flip flops" are "reversals" in the main stream media. Yes media everyone knows who you're in bed with.
So much for campaign financing. huh? It must be nice to know that Obama can get free 24/7 info commercials from the media. But how else could an empty suit rise to the top.

Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Is it unreasonable to expect that comments be to the point? The 60 (!) points posted by an unknown contributor have nothing to do with this dialogue, of how McCain is treated by the media. They're just campaign material attacking McCain and do not speak to the issue. There is an increasing frequency of this kind of thing, of partisans posting ad hominem poltical material.

Posted by: DennisMyers | July 22, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Tim:

You are poorly educated in defending your lord and god Obama. You obviously did not take lessons from Obama, the princess of fairy tales.

Obama admited he did not hold his hand over his heart during that national anthem because his kenyan father taught him that way. Unless he changed his story since that initial interview to counter growing criticism over it...

Also Ayers is admitantly an Unrepentant Terrorist who does not regret his domestic bombings as a weatherman and wishes he would have done more. Obama kicked off his senate campaign at this mans home! He is more than just some guy he served on a board with.... Obama in his book purposely sought out these types of people in College and befriended them.

I would continue but I have to go.

Posted by: Karl | July 22, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

although i'm not in favor of either candidate, i'm particularly shocked at how people are so defensive of obama. it's become a sort of taboo to even question his credentials. but the truth is that we are bypassing this very important issue. i would give him a chance, but in about 10 years. no one really knows who this obama is. he's only been in the senate for a few years recently, most of which were spent campaigning. many of his most formative years were spent overseas in another country. his now disgraced religious "mentor" sounds like a twin of louis farrakhan. who really knows much of anything about him? serving in the illinois senate will not give anyone the experience to lead a country with so many complicated international issues going on. i would give him a few more terms in the US senate to see where this guy is truly leaning since everyone can talk--a voting record is the best thing we've got to guage reality

Posted by: nine2ten
-------------------
Senator is highly aware and knowledgeable of the international issues happening; McCain is too busy attacking the young senator to pay attention of international issues happening; he'd rather sit back and complain about the media not giving him enough coverage! What a childish and petty old man!!

Senator Obama served in the Illinois Senate for eight(8) years and two years in the U.S. Senate for approximately two years. During his time in the U.S. Senate he authored and sponsored several bills which have become law. Go to his Senate records, there is a HUGE list of legislation Senator Obama was aughored, coauthored and sponsored/cosponsored. Please do not engage in slander and lies to make yourself look "wise", it only makes you look ignorant and uninformed. Senator Obama is a brilliant man of great vision,, is a great leader and steward of his financial issues---BEST campaign and BEST fundraiser in U.S. History! Also BEST fundraising tools EVER! The man is genuine and is a man of integrity, honesty, vision, wisdom, and is gifted with extraordinary oratory skills! Of course, you and others of your ilk refuse to remove your blinders; you prefer to hold on to your sick opinions.

Posted by: NinaK | July 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Tim:

RE your last post, you are shouting, saying a picture doesn't prove anything, and you say you didn't misquote me, in reply to me saying you erased my comment.
Clearly you have lost it, and I submit also the argument. Further proof:

You erase my comments and then say people can read the post and decide who's right.

You do not admit your error where you claim I cited "experience", when I never mentioned the word.

You claim I defended McCain when all I said was "he is the lesser of two "evils".

You distract from the discussion by separate posting claiming I'll be the only one voting for McCain.

Tim, what say you have a good day, if you can after all your blunders here.

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

"He just left Iraq afret discussing early withdrawal with Malaki (sp?). Making headlines with what people want - out of Iraq."

And? He NEVER said that he "wants to take credit for the troop surge working." even after it worked he said that he wouldn't support it if he was asked again withthe same facts. Hindsight is 20/20.

"Nope, he was completely relaxed and hands over the crotch."

So i guess you were there, and saw it first person, because you obviously didn't take the picture for face value. AND WHO CARE ANYWAY? one picture with resonable doubt doesn't prove anything!

***
(billw)"He wants a huge stadium for his acceptance speech."

(tim)""...because so many people support him that he needs a huge venue to let the average person get the chance to see him, smart idea actually.""

(billw)No candidate did this before. Enough said.

"You are way wrong. Check the voting records from the past. The point? You erased my comment. A cheap shot."

So here is the full quote, and as you can see, i didn't misquote you. Obama has brought more new voters to the any other president. Which candidate brought more new voters?


***

"So you don't admit your errors. The conversation is nearing an end with you."

Ignorance is bliss i guess, as long as you think I am wrong that is good enough for you.

I made the decision to only paste your new quotes, anyone that wants the full story can just scroll down. In your mind that means I lose the debate. Whatever kid, think what you want too.

Just make sure to read the posts from the other 10 people who think you are a complete moron. You obviously can't win a debate with intellegence, try using your sh*t throughing on me.

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse


Tim said:

" If these comments are anything like the actual GE turnout. Billw will be the only person voting for McCain. Landslide Obama by 30% woohoo! "

Hey Tim... trying to distract fron the other subject where you lost your butt?

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse


Tim said:

"Look i'm Billw:
Blah Blah Blah Wright
Blah Blah Blah Ayers
Blah Blah Blah Media
Blah Blah Blah Obama sucks "

Hey, you didn't like my limerick? OK, here's another for you.

Now if Obama is not your man,
His supporters all have this plan.
They'll jump in the fray
You're a racist they say,
While yelling "oh yes we can".

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Rice:
" Can you refute the fact that McCain is brainwashed and will surrender to Russia if he wins the election? "

Typical Obama supporter comment.

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse


Tim:

"Which crooks and terrorists supported McCain?"

""look up McCains "old friend" Mr. Liddy. Served 4 years in prison.""

OK, I'll take your word.

--------

"Now that the "surge" is working to allow pullout, he wants to be seen as the one responsible for getting the troops out early."

"Show me the where Obama said he "wants to be seen as the one responsible for getting the troops out early." Otherwise, you facts are wrong."

He just left Iraq afret discussing early withdrawal with Malaki (sp?). Making headlines with what people want - out of Iraq.

--------

"And millions have seen him with his hand *not* over his heart. You're outnumbered and busted yourself."

""Are you referring to the picture that was taken before he had the chance to put his hand over his heart? If so you are right, Obama's hands are slower then the flash of a camera, otherwise your facts are wrong.""

Nope, he was completely relaxed and hands over the crotch.

------------

"So if the devil reforms, any former association with is OK. This is BS."

""This is about people, not fairy tale creatures. If a person serves his prison term for a crime, that person has payed his dept to society. Read the constitution, it will back me up on this one. Your facts = wrong again.""

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Not deserving a response without my original statement being shown which you deleted, to your advantage. If you want to discuss further, then stop being deceitful.
It does not behove you at all...

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"Small town people" is different from saying "people", as he colud have. The word "small" is the key. Another good try."

""Small town people means, duh, 'people from a small town.' Not small people in a town. How is this an insult? You = wrong.""

Now *that's* really an opinion. Your's, to be exact.

---------

"No candidate did this before. Enough said."

""You are right here, no other candidate ever had this much support by the common man that he would need to fill up a stadium to talk to them all. Obama nice to listen too. And your point here was?""

You are way wrong. Check the voting records from the past. The point? You erased my comment. A cheap shot.

-----------

"I did not mention "inexperienced". Your efforts are *really* down the tube now."

""Half of McCain supporters think Obama has no experience. At least he is trying. I think McCain has no experience, and he likes it that way.""

So you don't admit your errors. The conversation is nearing an end with you.

------------

You should just give up. It is obvious to anyone who read both of our posts that you do not know what you are talking about.

Wow!!! You say this after erasing *my* postings. How deceptive can you get?

-----------

""I am pretty sure that all of your "facts" have been proven wrong or trivial in the debate of "Obama verse McCain." Good game though, someone had to lose. I'm glad that my team's leader is young, smart, and a good leader. It has to suck to try and defend McCain, he is full of errors and missteps.""

My *sole* defense of McCain was that he is the lesser of two "evils". Hardly a defense. So far as losing, it is clear you have lost all on your own, even without much help from me. Better luck next time, but I doubt it will occur with me.

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain's growing list of Flip Flops:

National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush's warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even "terrible killers," "the worst kind of scum of humanity," and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, "deserve to have some adjudication of their cases," even if that means "releasing some of them." McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

4. In February, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain favored closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with Predators, McCain criticized him for it. He's since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.

8. McCain supported moving "toward normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good idea and a bad idea.

16. McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."

17. McCain has repeatedly said it's a dangerous mistake to tell the "enemy" when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

18. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

Domestic Policy

19. McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

20. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.

21. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

22. He argued that the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

23. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

24. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

25. McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

26. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.

27. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. before he supported it.

28. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.

29. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

30. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.

Economic Policy

31. McCain was against Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.

32. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated," and "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a "very strong" understanding of economics.

33. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.

34. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

35. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

36. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."

37. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.

38. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.

Energy Policy

39. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling; now he's against it.

40. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

41. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to be voluntary.

42. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.

43. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.

Immigration Policy

44. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.

45. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.

46. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders "before proceeding to other reform measures." Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he'd never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his "top priority."

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law

47. McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.

48. McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

49. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform

50. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.


51. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

52. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

Politics and Associations

53. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn't.

54. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.

55. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.

56. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

57. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.

58. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

59. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

60. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the honorary co-chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

61. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was "corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff's gay lover." McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

If these comments are anything like the actual GE turnout. Billw will be the only person voting for McCain. Landslide Obama by 30% woohoo!

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Winning a war takes a fair amount of strategy, building consensus between varying factions, allies and political parties. It also takes the ability to communicate the goals, measure those goals, and know when the goals have been reached.

In today's world, wars are not isolated events. They are global events with global politics involved.

So it hit me that a campaign is a war and requires all the same stuff.

If McCain is really so good at war, why is he so bad at this one?

Because he is.

Posted by: CampaignWars | July 22, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Look i'm Billw:

Blah Blah Blah Wright
Blah Blah Blah Ayers
Blah Blah Blah Media
Blah Blah Blah Obama sucks

McCain is good because...Um....He did that thing and.....he supported...Um....nevermind, let me through more sh*t at Obama.

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Billw,

Can you refute the fact that McCain is brainwashed and will surrender to Russia if he wins the election?

I think not, as it is clearly the truth!

Posted by: Rice | July 22, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

billw,

"You are welcome to try to refute any fact I mentioned. You cannot, so your words mean nothing. Note Tim tried this and failed."

actually i had an issue witht he work computer, i had wrote a 20 min rebuttle and got and error. So i quickly rewrote it and sent it again. You might want to scroll back a bit, i trashed your statements.


Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

From David Brock's book Free Ride:

"The press loves McCain. We're his base."
--Chris Matthews, MSNBC

"John McCain is clearly the Washington media's favorite Republican." --Brit Hume, Fox News

"The media, of course, loves John McCain because it seems like he's back to the old John McCain." --David Shuster, MSNBC

"I think every last one of them [reporters] would move to Massachusetts and marry John McCain if they could."
--Joe Scarborough, MSNBC

Posted by: DennisMyers | July 22, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

No-name said:
"You may not literally used a computer to remove the nonsense you publish but it is all material that comes from unreliable sources. You are certainly entitled to do that but I think you possess the intelligence to do something more with you life than publish material of this nature. If you feel you must defend your propaganda as facts, by all means continue to do so. I will give you the last word on that."

You are welcome to try to refute any fact I mentioned. You cannot, so your words mean nothing. Note Tim tried this and failed.

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain's ever growing list of Flip Flops:

National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush's warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even "terrible killers," "the worst kind of scum of humanity," and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, "deserve to have some adjudication of their cases," even if that means "releasing some of them." McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

4. In February, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain favored closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with Predators, McCain criticized him for it. He's since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.

8. McCain supported moving "toward normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good idea and a bad idea.

16. McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."

17. McCain has repeatedly said it's a dangerous mistake to tell the "enemy" when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

18. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

Domestic Policy

19. McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

20. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.

21. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

22. He argued that the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

23. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

24. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

25. McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

26. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.

27. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. before he supported it.

28. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.

29. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

30. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.

Economic Policy

31. McCain was against Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.

32. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated," and "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a "very strong" understanding of economics.

33. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.

34. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

35. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

36. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."

37. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.

38. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.

Energy Policy

39. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling; now he's against it.

40. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

41. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to be voluntary.

42. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.

43. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.

Immigration Policy

44. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.

45. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.

46. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders "before proceeding to other reform measures." Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he'd never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his "top priority."

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law

47. McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.

48. McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

49. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform

50. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.


51. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

52. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

Politics and Associations

53. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn't.

54. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.

55. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.

56. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

57. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.

58. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

59. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

60. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the honorary co-chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

61. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was "corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff's gay lover." McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"Which crooks and terrorists supported McCain?"

look up McCains "old friend" Mr. Liddy. Served 4 years in prison.

"Now that the "surge" is working to allow pullout, he wants to be seen as the one responsible for getting the troops out early."

Show me the where Obama said he "wants to be seen as the one responsible for getting the troops out early." Otherwise, you facts are wrong.

"And millions have seen him with his hand *not* over his heart. You're outnumbered and busted yourself."

Are you referring to the picture that was taken before he had the chance to put his hand over his heart? If so you are right, Obama's hands are slower then the flash of a camera, otherwise your facts are wrong.

"So if the devil reforms, any former association with is OK. This is BS."

This is about people, not fairy tale creatures. If a person serves his prison term for a crime, that person has payed his dept to society. Read the constitution, it will back me up on this one. Your facts = wrong again.

"Small town people" is different from saying "people", as he colud have. The word "small" is the key. Another good try."

Small town people means, duh, 'people from a small town.' Not small people in a town. How is this an insult? You = wrong.

"No candidate did this before. Enough said."

You are right here, no other candidate ever had this much support by the common man that he would need to fill up a stadium to talk to them all. Obama nice to listen too. And your point here was?

"I did not mention "inexperienced". Your efforts are *really* down the tube now."

Half of McCain supporters think Obama has no experience. At least he is trying. I think McCain has no experience, and he likes it that way.

You should just give up. It is obvious to anyone who read both of our posts that you do not know what you are talking about. I am pretty sure that all of your "facts" have been proven wrong or trivial in the debate of "Obama verse McCain." Good game though, someone had to lose. I'm glad that my team's leader is young, smart, and a good leader. It has to suck to try and defend McCain, he is full of errors and missteps.

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

BillW,

You may not literally used a computer to remove the nonsense you publish but it is all material that comes from unreliable sources. You are certainly entitled to do that but I think you possess the intelligence to do something more with you life than publish material of this nature. If you feel you must defend your propaganda as facts, by all means continue to do so. I will give you the last word on that.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain plans to learn how to turn on his TV just after he learns how to use a computer.

Perhaps then he will get a glimpse of the real world the rest of us live in.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Miss Clarty

I might have a nice walk now.

Posted by: Jaylike Birds | July 22, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey RoboTech is Obama a bigger flip flopper than this, http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/16124.html#more-16124 Also. As far as debating McCain goes, McCain turned down Obama to do 5 appearances. Do you think Obama was going to walk into McCain's stacked town hall meetings and play this game on his terms. McCain's lucky he can get 100 people to show up to see him. Obama would be wasting his time, and would never get his message out if he fooled around with McLame. McCain won't debate Obama because without his campaign people he don't know a thing about the economy or anything thats going on. All those times McCain called out Obama to do town hall meetings, you would think McCain would jump at the chance to do five with Obama. What a loser. Is this going to be the first presidential election with no debates. I want McCain on TV in front of the world. He won't do it because he's scared.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 22, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I am trying to figure out what bothers McCain the most?

The fact that everyone seems to love Obama and what he represents?

The fact that McCain has put forth nothing of substance other than more war, more whining, and more of the same?

The fact that even his fellow republicans seems to not even like him, with many coming out in favor of the Obama plans?

The fact that even George Bush seems to be pulling the rug out from under him by way of meeting with Iran and setting a time-horizon for troop withdrawal?

The fact that Obama is simply more interesting, intelligent and making real news?

Or is it simply that he also wants to be a part of this big movement of change .. and he can't .. because he has to run his stupid campaign?

Is that it ol' buddy? Feeling left out?

It's ok, you can come on over too.

Then you won't have to 'member all those stupid details about borders and the names of countries. You can just sit on the back porch by the ocean and listen to those great American waves lapping at the shore.

Posted by: So tired | July 22, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure McCain's first wife is laughing away at this "Love Affair" comment.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain is saying lots of dumb things lately. It is not interesting to listen to him constantly attack Obama rather than talk constructively and positively about what he will accomplish as President.

John, tell us about why it's good for us to send our jobs overseas, ruin families and break childrens' hearts by risking citizen-soldier's lives on their 3rd or 4th tour of duty in Iraq, or why the government needs to control a women's reproductive life. John, tell us about John McCain and I'll be interested.

Posted by: Jay | July 22, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Andrew,

I am a left of center retiree who depends on the stock market for part of my retirement. Would i surprise you to know that the stock market is down during the Bush administration.? Would it also surprise you to know that the wealth of the top 20% has increased relative to the other quintiles. I chose to vote for Obama because he is a candidate who seems to be most concerned about budget deficits. He states how he will pay for everything he does. As meticulous on budgetary matters as Obama is McCain is careless.

I respect your opinion, mine is different but it was Obama's fiscal conservatism that attracted me to him.

You mentioned Clinton, her health care policy was too expensive, we can't afford it. Obama's was more modest and if everything works out right it will lower costs for insurance for all of us. It is not a hand out.

The prosperity of this country depends on lowering our deficits and Obama has Bob Rubin in his corner now and according to Rubin was listening to Rubin even before the general election. It is during Rubin and Summers terms in Treasury that the stack market took off. Rubin believes that was due to budgetary constraint. Deficits do matter. McCain says he will balance the budget in four years but in the first year he has an inauspicious start. McCain gives no indication how he will achieve this feat, just as he gives no indication how he will get us out of Iraq.

You sound like a thinking young man, may I respectfully suggest that you take a closer look at Obama.

There will be no gifts with him, things will have to be earned.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

stranger than fiction

Posted by: Jaylike Birds | July 22, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama's focus is on his goal and like all other winners they never look over their shoulder to see what the other guy is doing they just keep on task. So when 'they' say Obama's got attitude of the uppity type just remember those are the losers comments - the winners understand the stance and see it as a focused personna. Who in the world wantss to focus on the shortcommings of a competitors - we're just focusing on our goal - no distractions there and you can call us anything you want 'cause we won't notice that either. We are not an embarassment to ourselves or others. We dare to believe, hope and we have the audacity to move forward not sideways or backwards by be captivated by anything less the high standards we set for ourselves and others can do the same or NOT.

Posted by: MissClarty | July 22, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The last person to "mock" Obama is no longer in the race. Remember when 'she' pointed to heaven and said "oh yeah, the clouds will part, celestial chiors will sing and there will be light" mocking God in Obama's name. Haaa haaa. Thou shalt not mock thy Lord thy God and McCain is an embarassment and questionably on balance. At least Clinton had her husbands connections with the TriLateral Commission/G8 to fall back on but even her husband is a lesser god when regarding the God above all gods.

Posted by: MissClarity | July 22, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Gator-ron said:
"Bill what NinaK said about cutting and pasting is true. You I believe are an intelligent person who prefers to wallow in ignorance. The fact that you can not distinguish between fact and opinion says that you are either uneducated or missing in action in college like your choice for president. "

Show where I cut and paste, unless from a former post of mine. You cannot, so you offer personal criticism. Again, fairly typical for an Obama supporter.

4:10

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

To RoBoTech:

Yea, you won hands-down.

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Rebublicans know they will lose in November and are hanging McCain out to dry. He is the fall guy yet again, the chosen loser. Isn't it a bit uncanny how easy it is to rip him up? Republican leadership is using his doomed candidacy to spew as much hate and vitriol as they can into the next presidential cycle.
Problem is, they know not what they do.
The poison goes back inside themselves. As usual, someone will have to clean up the mess.

Posted by: Jaylike Birds | July 22, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

NinaK said:
"BillW, and just who or what are you? An expert at cutting and pasting? All that garbage you are spewing bespeaks of you suffering from a severe case of diarhhea of the mouth and little brain power, if any."

Nope, all my own composition, and I see no rebuttal, just personal insult. Fairly typical for Obama supporters.
Posted by: Billw

Bill what NinaK said about cutting and pasting is true. You I believe are an intelligent person who prefers to wallow in ignorance. The fact that you can not distinguish between fact and opinion says that you are either uneducated or missing in action in college like your choice for president.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Would Reagan have whined about the media?

Plus, McCain is benefiting from the media not fully covering:

1) Maliki's support of Obama's timeframe is a huge, huge story that is being underreported. (And the WH cover up of its Iraqi diplomatic arm twisting will be swept under the rug.) Who called whom, and when?

2) The pending FEC case against McCain arguing that he should be forced to stay in the matching system

3) Phil Gramm, entrusted with McCain's economic plan, is the corrupt Mr. Enron

4) The surge only worked because of the surge in bribes

5)McCain's long legislative history of opposing energy independence

What a wimp! Keep crying Johnny!

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 22, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Andrew. This is what the republicans left us with. http://zfacts.com/p/461.html

Posted by: HemiHead | July 22, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse


Now some think Obama's a white knight,
And it's true that he is quite bright.
Bright enough to climb
Up the ladder with slime
Like Rezko, Ayers, and Wright.

(grin)


Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"McCain has turned into such a whiney cry baby..."whah...whah...the media doesn't love me, the NYT won't print my article...whah...whah". It's shameful. If I were a republican, I'd kill myself. And this whiney crybaby wants to be our president."
This is hilarious in it's stupidity.
This coming from an Obama supporter.
Obama is the poster child for victimhood. "Waaah, you can't talk about my wife, Waaah don't say my middle name, Waaaah don't bring up my peacher, Waaah don't talk about my felonious friend who bought my house, Waaah EVERYTHING but what I say is just distractions, Waaah can I eat my waffle, Waaaah why can't you believe that me being in Indonesia as a child is Foreign Affair experience, Waaah stop calling me a Muslim even though by Islam Law, I AM, Waaah don't make me debate McCain because I suk without a teleprompter, Waaah, don't call me a flip flopper when I make Kerry look like a politician with some sense and integrity", and so on and so on.
And his whining is why he is statistically even in the polls when the Dem candidate should be 20 points ahead.
Like I said, Hilarious.

Posted by: RoBoTech | July 22, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama expresses a plan for Iraq and McCain does not. That is transparency and I will not agree to disagree on the facts. It is a fact that when asked to give details on a plan, McCain came whining to the public that he is being mistreated, rather than just revealing his plan. He withholds his plan and that is a lack of transparency.

Well I find it interesting that you have a harder time placing your trust in either candidate when you only make remarks critical of Obama. I am willing to accept your statement at face value but I think that you are simply unwilling to admit that you dislike Obama.

Your allowed to have whatever politics you want. You can criticize Obama for being boastful and so of his other faults but on openness, I know what it is that attracted me to him and transparency is one of those characteristics that I like. The Obama campaign did not tell me he is transparent, I have observed it.

Bush never revealed and plans in his campaigning and he was at the extreme in lack of transparency.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

NinaK said:
"BillW, and just who or what are you? An expert at cutting and pasting? All that garbage you are spewing bespeaks of you suffering from a severe case of diarhhea of the mouth and little brain power, if any."

Nope, all my own composition, and I see no rebuttal, just personal insult. Fairly typical for Obama supporters.

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama = out of Iraq in less than two years

McCain = stay in Iraq for more than 100 yrs

We report. You decide.

Posted by: Bill | July 22, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Check out this clip of a 61 year old lady getting thrown out and fined, at a McCain "public" town hall meeting. All she did was have a Bush-McCain sign. http://sensico.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/mccain-camp-throws-a-61-yr-old-lady-out-of-his-event/

Posted by: HemiHead | July 22, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama should take McCain as his VP. Both of those guys are shmart.

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

McLoco doesn't even know how to use a pencil let alone a computer. He was around when they used chisels like the Flintstones ! LOL!

Posted by: GW | July 22, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse


Tim:

"An opportunist:
Obama is an opportunist who accepted support from Chicago crooks to get started."

""Is being an opportunist bad? So he too support from someone who turned out to be a crook. McCain has similar ties with Chicago gangsters but Obama fans will tell you why Obama should win, NOT WHY MCCAIN SHOULD LOSE.""

Which crooks and terrorists supported McCain?

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"Master of deception:
He knocks the surge in Iraq, but now takes political advantage of it's success."

""So how is this a fact? He said the surge was a bad idea at the time, and now it worked. Light shines on a dog's ass every once in a while, but given the same facts about the surge, he would still be against it. Luck is not something that people should look for in a president.""

Now that the "surge" is working to allow pullout, he wants to be seen as the one responsible for getting the troops out early.

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"Unpatriotic:
He wouldn't wear a flag lapel pin until criticized for it. He does not place his hand over his heart during the national anthem."

""This is not a fact. How is he unpatriotic because he doesn't where a pin? Maybe he just doesn't want to put holes in his clothing? I've seen a video with Obama's hand over his heart, fact busted. ""

And millions have seen him with his hand *not* over his heart. You're outnumbered and busted yourself.

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"Condones terrorists:
Has a relationship with Ayers, the
domestic terroriost."

"Ayers is a professor of English who lives down the street from him. How is that condoning terrorist? Ayers served his punishment and is now no longer a terrorist, fact busted."

So if the devil reforms, any former association with is OK. This is BS.

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"Judgement:
Spent 20 years in close association with the anti-American racist Wright who praises Farrahkan."

""Although Wright said some racist stuff, he is not anti-American. Besides, everyone has 30 seconds of their life where hey said things that are not politically correct, Wright just had his caught on tape. So I guess we should hate Obama because someone he knows said something bad once. By your logic, we can never have another president because EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY knows someone who is an idiot.""

G. D. America is not anti-American? Knows someone? 20 years of close association is "knowing someone". Nice third-grade try.

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"An Elitist:
He spoke ill of small town people."

""He said that some small town people cling to the thigs that matter to them the most, their freedom of arms and religion. I guess the truth hurts. Considering that I am a "small town" person from rural PA, I think my opinion on this matter trumps yours.""

"Small town people" is different from saying "people", as he colud have. The word "small" is the key. Another good try.

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"An egomaniac:
He used a fake presidential seal."

""Only someone with a chip on their shoulder cares about this. ""

Sure, it the public's fault. Your efforts are deteriorating.

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"He wants a huge stadium for his acceptance speech."

""...because so many people support him that he needs a huge venue to let the average person get the chance to see him, smart idea actually.""

No candidate did this before. Enough said.

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"He meets with overseas leaders before nomination."

""First you cry "inexperienced" then you complain when he wants to meet the people that he needs to work with in the future?""

I did not mention "inexperienced". Your efforts are *really* down the tube now.

--------

""Overall I give you a 4 out of 10.
You need more facts that matter and less opinion.""

Recount gives you zero. Too bad.

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""Here is a suggestion, tell me why McCain should be president and NOT why Obama shouldn't. ""

OK, just re-read the above.

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BTW, you did not address my comment:
An Ingrate:
Uses his grandmother as an example to justify inappropriate behavior.


Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

J-

My advice to you would be--and this goes for every conservative dissatisfied with McCain--vote for Bob Barr. I have a feeling many republicans will be voting for Barr and I would like to see Barr running a more vigorous campaign. He's everything McCain is not and instead of your constant griping about Obama, make a choice and vote Barr.

Posted by: Bill | July 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

James McDouglas,

First off, I am not a snake-oil salesman. And second off, I'm still in graduate school and have not received any public dollars and am on salary. For you to think that big government will solve our problems then you're full of crap just like what you spew out of your mouth.

I'm a Republican. I not only will be in a high tax bracket when I finish school, which I don't mind as long as it's less than 25%, but I have every intention of making sure that I pay my way. Who are you to judge me when you don't even know me.

I value a lot of the ideas from Democrats, they are as American and patriotic as any Republican. One example is the whole stance on renewable energies was a Democratic political belief way before it became popular in the US. Republicans have had many great ideas such as making welfare state run and a non-permanent thing (welfare-to-work).

But as for your statement. Republicans didn't cause 9/11 you Michael Moore liberal... And we didn't care about Iraq before 9/11... believe it or not President Bush was an isolationist before 9/11. Last time I checked it was 20 hijackers that caused 9/11.

I stand by the fact that I think Senator Obama is a liberal, and that Senator Clinton is a pro-business Democrat. I think John McCain would do a better job... next time I could argue more logically but someone as unintelligent as yourself has to resort to personal attacks instead of logical arguments.

Posted by: Andrew | July 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

BillW, and just who or what are you? An expert at cutting and pasting? All that garbage you are spewing bespeaks of you suffering from a severe case of diarhhea of the mouth and little brain power, if any. It is much easier for you to cut and paste than it is for you to inform yourself, we can all see that. Go take a break from your cutting and pasting...and smoke some more methamphetamine!

Posted by: NinaK | July 22, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Meco,

So the terrorist that have this "NUC"( i think you meant nuke) won't use it if McCain is elected?

That is probably because McCain will do more damage to this country then a nuclear bomb could do.

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Nick Danger:

I'll stand by my assertion that an empty suit is an expression that Republicans used to characterize Obama when they blogged assuming a Hillary supporter alias.

I would give you references containing endorsements from some leading Americans who are not Democrats, but that would be wasted on what Obama supporters called the Republican trolls during the primaries.

Regurgitating an expression used by the McCain campaign gives you no credibility as an independent. To assume an independent persona you have to have an independent mind. Obama has such a mind, sorry Nick, in that way you are no Obama.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Gator...Obama is more obvious than he is transparent, but we can agree to disagree. I do have a harder time placing my trust in either candidate. They both show some merit, but there are a lot of red flags that spring up when I consider either one. I believe you'll probably agree with me some day that both parties are masters at propaganda, but if not, that's okay--I respect your right to think that way.
Take care, guys. I gotta get back to the real world. ; )

Posted by: J | July 22, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey anonymous,
take a hike yourself.
all you are doing is fawning over obama.
and very sensitive about any criticism of him too. why is that?

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Boo f-ing hoo nobody thinks I'm Important enough to have the news cover me waahh. Man I'm begining to hate this winy, spoiled, senile, old man the only thing that should cover him is about 3 feet of dirt. You say you can win wars, well brother then win THIS ONE you f-ing cry baby.Whats next? Are you going to tell us you can't win in Iraq be cause they wont stand up and fight fair boo hoo. Don't gimme excuses give me results McCain Just another example that Obama is the right man for the job. McCain you suck you sissy. You suck so bad were forced to vote for the Dems thanks alot George for screwing the rest of us.

Posted by: ahhha poor baby | July 22, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

True True True, The major news media loves all Democrats, except Fox, that's ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC vs Fox... (5 to 1) NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, Time & Newsweek VS what ... Washtington Times... (5 TO 1)
TV & PRINT major news outlets (5 to 1) for lib's

The Internet lib's Blogs ... moveon.com etc vs Talk Radio ... tie there. So the score in the end, more major media favors Lib's Democrats... but that's always been the case, every election cycle... so nothing new there...

Now, O'Bombma will wins hands down in November. The next new American Royalty. Just like Kennedy, but then this will happen.... WE WILL BE ATTACK AGAIN!!!!! ... He will be tested!!!!
Just like Kennedy was ... and the next attack will be a NUC!

Then he will be forced by overwelling demand from the American public to respond... Bomb Bomb O'Bombma

O yea, that's the future...

U got to love it.

Meco,

Posted by: Meco | July 22, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

No one is saying that Obama is some kind of know it all rock star that will restore the country to glory. What we're saying is John McCain is a total failure. Who in their right mind would tap Phill Gramm to be part of anything that has to do with this country. Look how many times McCain had to replace his campaign people. He's surrounded by criminal lobbyists that are destroying this country. It looks like taxpayers have to foot the 25 billion dollar bill to bail out Fannie & Freedie now. Our whole government is a lie. They should all be tried for treason. They took an oath to protect the people of this country and instead they sold us out. Is there anything in the constitution that tells ya how to get rid of your corrupt government. We will never survive like this.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 22, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

DoTheMath,

Great Post!

Finally someone points out the facts with the right links to back it up.

All the McCain whiners can grab the box of tissues and suck it up. You basicly proved one point where Obama had more NEGATIVE media coverage when positive coverage was available.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, if anything was bizarre and unsettling, it is McCain's jeolous schoolgirl fascination with Obama. Get a freakin' clue man. Where were you this week? In the midwest? Obama was in Iraq for his first major foreign trip. Get over it, you big neocan babies. And always remember the FREE RIDE your party got for YEARS in the press after 9/11. Stop your whining and let's talk policy.

Posted by: tdub | July 22, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Remember all the flooding back in June? Did you see news reports of Obama filling sandbags in Quincy Illinois on June 14th? Didn't think so.

Obama's web site had a blog with photos. That's the only place I saw anything about it. Some commenters on the blog asked where the TV cameras were and noted that if McCain had been there, the media would have been all over the place. At the time, I didn't think much of it.

A couple of days later on the News Hour I saw the following three news briefs in rapid succession: Bush talking at a flood site, McCain walking around at a flood site, and Obama opting out of public financing.

For the next several days I heard McCain quoted again and again saying more or less that Obama was the anti-Christ because of his public finance decision. I heard zero reporters during that time reminding anyone about McCain's own reversal on public financing during the primaries. I heard countless reporters dismissing the idea that the public finance system is broken, dismissing the notion that the RNC and Republican-backed 527s would raise millions outside the public finance limits and use them to smear the Democratic candidate.

Never saw Barack filling those sandbags on the news. (In case you want to see the photos, here's a blog that picked them up: http://commoniowan.blogspot.com/2008/06/obama-fills-sandbags-to-help-flood.html.)

Biased media? You're darned right.

Posted by: DoTheMath | July 22, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Well well, you folks have no clue. If ANYBODY should know about love affairs it should be McCain!
Ask his ex-wife he cheated on and dumped because she was hurt badly in a car accident during the time she waited for him to return from captivity!
No morals, no sense of commitment, and no action too dirty to help him advance himself.
Sure, I can see how McCain actually can speak to tru elove affairs!

Posted by: Hans Meiser | July 22, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"Cool another one who has resorted to name calling. NinaK. stop simply reciting the platitudes that you get from the simple minded media.

both of them are politicians who will say anything to get elected. obama is no different."

Point taken Nick. Since you dont like either of the candidates, how about you go and comment somewhere else.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

This whole process is looking more and more like a bad made for tv movie.

What was the movie - Dave? or something like that?

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

J

Democrats are just as good at recognizing propaganda, they have had a steady diet of it for eight years. You are unable to recognize transparency. Obama reveals an Iraq plan and McCain gets indignant when he is asked the same.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey gator-ron, I don't support either of them - they are politicians, lower than pond scum.

I'm more inclined to the libertarians except that they have a repub also in the form of bob barr.

Micky Mouse write-in vote looks better and better.

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Did it ever occur to you guys that Obama simply makes more and better (from the standpoint of the news outlet, and in the sense that it's more entertaining) news? Without getting into who's politics I prefer, Obama has had a LARGE amount of negative press coverage relating the the comments of Rev.'s Wright and Jackson, and is a generally livelier character (what with the fist pounds and all). Yes, he's gotten more news coverage, but that's what happens when someone makes more news. No?

Posted by: innocent bystander | July 22, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Am I going to have to listen to McCain whine his way through the rest of this election. The man should try to at least keep some dignity, since he seems to have a lot of trouble keeping anything else straight.

Posted by: Rose | July 22, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Nick Danger:

Oh, by the way you do not have to announce you support of McCain, your use of the term empty suit belies your partisanship. Honesty works better than deception because it gives you more credibility.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Everything was much worse when oil was only a quarter when the Democrats took Congress in 1932. You don't even know the votes in Congress, so before you put all your faith into some study, maybe you should do some of your own research.

Why stop there with your research? You should poll regular folks around the world and see how they view the United States. Maybe people need to see things in a global perspective because US hegemony has fallen hard in the last 40 years. US was more popular when we were isolationists trying to figure out our own domestic issues.

Most people on here don't even know what Liberal or Conservative really mean so y'all just need to go back to schoool. Don't throw these words around like its just a "position" on policy. It's not. There's nothing bad about being a liberal or conservative, it's about how to improve lives of Americans.

Most people on here probably have never watched CSPAN and views politics as blue and red. Don't let the media dumb it down for you! Do your own research and study.

Posted by: TLYouReRetarded | July 22, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I love this ad!! It's so true, Mr. Obama is a gift to us in so many ways. I don't understand how this is an opposition advertisement. It's really a testament to Mr. Obama's communication skills and ability to move people, even generally objective journalists. He is a force of our American nature, and I think this ad is terrific! I love how he is infectious, and perhaps, this is a future indicator of his effect on the world. I wish I could get a copy of this ad, as it makes me smile, laugh and think about how much our country is going to change with Mr. Obama in the Whitehouse. I love this ad

Furthermore, the music is terrific, and I love the shot of Obama in Newsweek with the "Does race matter." Yes, I believe it does! For a black man to gain this sort of respect and standing, both here and around the world, in America, is a sign of America's continuing maturity and decency. We are a great people, and part of this is our embrace of Mr. Obama ... oh yeh, baby! (I will have this song in my head for days).

Come on ... who is out there that just loves this AD? This has got to be a pro-Obama ad. No one in there right mind would put this ad out who is against Obama

Posted by: Charles | July 22, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The very idea that McSame's gaffes would start to receive 10% of the attention that a Obama gaffe would get proves that McCain is the unloved child of this campaign.

At least, that's how McSame sees it.

Posted by: Bob | July 22, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I love this ad and I am an Obama supporter! The McCain camp is for once dealing with facts. The fact that people in the media, the american people, people in other countries, and people all over the world love Obama and what he represents. Hope. Can you feel it in the air? Does the sun seem a little brighter today? Do you feel somehow inspired?

I do and I love this ad.

Thanks McCain!

Posted by: Dave | July 22, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Cool another one who has resorted to name calling. NinaK. stop simply reciting the platitudes that you get from the simple minded media.

both of them are politicians who will say anything to get elected. obama is no different.

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Go home an iron your sheet, don't you have a meeting to go to?
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Did I miss something? I thought we didn't elect a new President in this country until November? Obama the so called 'new' politician is pressing the flesh in the Mideast and Europe. Lots of photo ops with the leaders, the (black) troops, an uncanny basketball shot now played over and over and over again on our television screens! No, this trip isn't your routine congressional visit boys and girls. Yes, brothers and sisters, it's Brother Obama's traveling salvation show brought to you on the wings of his audacious jet plane -- his logo on the wing and his tagline on the aircraft's body. And, we thought his presidential seal was over the top? Considering he denied the foreign press access to his visit and placed strict limitations on the US media groupies following him around, you have to hand it to Obama. Everyone just loves him! Elmer Gantry himself has nothing on this 'modest' Senator from Illinois. It's like the preacher says: 'The mobs don't like their gods to be human.'

Posted by: mpwynn@spro.net | July 22, 2008 3:27 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

C. Tsou--Good point. A Russian friend of mine has been a U.S. citizen for a few years. He told me that he learned to recognize propaganda from seeing it at work in Russia. He said people here just haven't recognized how prevalent it is in our political system. That comment sent a chill down my spine--as opposed to Matthews comment saying "I felt this thrill running up my leg." The truth is that we have a seriously flawed political system. We have quite a few who are trying the best they can, but their actions are like trying to turn the tide with a spoon.

Posted by: J | July 22, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

That is a very true comment, "He already has a staff of experts and advisors better than the president ... and he will be ready to hit the ground running on day one."

Nuff said, let's get on with fixing this mess.

Go home McCain. Just go home.

Posted by: Bobo | July 22, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

C. Tsou, Esq.

Heavily weighted to Obama yes but biased, other than MSNBC no.

Please give examples.

Posted by: Ronnn | July 22, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain understand that he has NO chance of being elected president? they keep tripping over themselves to lose this election. NO old angry man should be in charge of this great country simply because he served in the military

Posted by: David | July 22, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Nick Danger:

I agree that Obama has foibles like the rest of us.

I believe that the media will turn on Obama like they did in the primary. The media for the most part is big business and they want the playing field to remain tipped in their favor even if the economy has to suffer. It is we little guys who have to look out for our own interest and ignore the media.

Sometime in the future the media will still see more coverage of Obama than McCain but it will be negative.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

You mean like Fox news who actually makes up their news? Mccain has a whole TV channel running for him 24/7. Not too, bad except they have nothing to sell except Mccain and the product stinks.

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The health of our republic relies on well-informed voters. When the media are outrageously biased, where can we get the information we need to make the right political decisions? Certain media have operated as Obama's propaganda machines, which are worse than the media controlled by totalitarian governments. From the world I came from, journalists had to run the risk of losing their freedom to tell the truth. Sadly, some American journalists have abused their 1st amendment right, and irresponsibly put America's democratic system in jeopardy. Their lack of professionalism has reached a certain level of insanity and shamelessness.

Posted by: C. Tsou, Esq. | July 22, 2008 3:27 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

He won't learn anything he doesn't already know. He already has a staff of experts and advisors better the the president has and has for the last year. People who actually know what they are talking about. Obama is so on the case it is a joke and he will be ready to hit the ground running on day one.

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What can obama learn from his media circus trip?

Oh that's right. He'll be a foreign policy expert on his return. How could I forget that? That and his 140 days in the senate go a long way to fill his foreign policy knowledge.

Posted by: Nick Danger
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Nick, I'll tell you one thing, your posts are horrid. Senator Obama is 100 times the man you are, you nincompoop! You have a preformed opinion which has not changed. Senator Obama is doing very, very well on his tour. And guess what, Nick, people all over literally love him!! Poor old McCain, he is like a worn mule trying to complete with a first-class racehorse. :):)

McCain is E-N-V-I-O-U-S of the young senator from Illinois!! I wondered what the sick hue on McCain was, he is turning a light shade of yellow-green with ENVY and JEALOUSY because he is not getting as much attention from the media. Poor McCain, he is feeling neglected. McCain is all about McCain and whining that he is not getting enough attention is childish and petty!! Mocking the media is NOT going to endear them to him. McCain has no class.

PS: Sounds like McCain is feeling (from the media) like Carol, his first wife felt, when he was out chasing younger women, while Carol was still recovering from a bad accident 3 years ealier!! One of them was Cindi, the rich beer company owner. McCain and Cindi even obtained a marriage license BEFORE he and Carol were divorced. Yep, McCain has a lot of family values!!

Posted by: NinaK | July 22, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama has done nothing of note or relevance during his entire political career. He's a blank page, an empty book. Yet, people are swooning over the mere sight of his hand or the sound of his voice. Why is this? Is it because Obama has that magical spark, that 'charisma' of a natural leader - or even a Messiah? Or is it rather because, since Obama is essentially an unknown quantity, it's easier for desperate people to project their hopes and dreams onto him than other candidates with more history and substance? I think it's obviously the former. Given the Obama campaigns studious avoidance of taking anything even remotely similar to a firm stand on any issue, I'd have to say Obama himself would agree with me in that assessment. So long as Obama is nothing more than a talking head, he'll be able to get by leading the unquestioning faithful around by their noses with nebulous talk of 'hope' and 'change'. However, what's he going to do when it actually comes time to make a real decision or take an actual stand? That's something I don't believe even Obama himself knows. Obama can't stay in current state of image serving ideological limbo forever. He's going to have to show us his core beliefs and values (if he has any) eventually. At that point he'll start to become a known quantity and people won't be able to project their beliefs and ideals onto him the way they can now. I wonder how popular he'll be with the empty headed 'hope' and 'change' crowd then...

Posted by: toil | July 22, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama is God's gift to America. God loves Obama. Obama will save us. Obama will make it all better. Won't you? Won't you Obama? Yes you will, yes you will! Ooh, aah, Obama Obama!

Posted by: Obamawama | July 22, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh pelosi. There's a real winner there.
Between her and her buddy reid, the dems WHO ARE IN CONTROL OF CONGRESS, can't seem to get anything done. What happened to the great 100 day plan that they had?

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Politicians are lower than pond scum.

ALL POLITICIANS including mccain and the messiah obama.

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Did I miss something? I thought we didn't elect a new President in this country until November? Obama the so called 'new' politician is pressing the flesh in the Mideast and Europe. Lots of photo ops with the leaders, the (black) troops, an uncanny basketball shot now played over and over and over again on our television screens! No, this trip isn't your routine congressional visit boys and girls. Yes, brothers and sisters, it's Brother Obama's traveling salvation show brought to you on the wings of his audacious jet plane -- his logo on the wing and his tagline on the aircraft's body. And, we thought his presidential seal was over the top? Considering he denied the foreign press access to his visit and placed strict limitations on the US media groupies following him around, you have to hand it to Obama. Everyone just loves him! Elmer Gantry himself has nothing on this 'modest' Senator from Illinois. It's like the preacher says: 'The mobs don't like their gods to be human.'

Posted by: mpwynn@spro.net | July 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Kind of like Mamma Mia Bit&hing about Batman. I am afraid you need a product to sell complaining won't do it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Bomb, bomb, bomb McCain.

He is desparate and imploding in front of our eyes. It's really yucky. LOL

On a serious note, we do not need another war Mr. McCain. We don't even need this war. We need to be world leaders and take world action only with the support of the world. We've been arrogant and indifferent and now we are paying the price.

Time for a change.

Posted by: The well | July 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The health of our republic relies on well-informed voters. When the media are outrageously biased, where can we get the information we need to make the right political decisions? Certain media have operated as Obama's propaganda machines, which are worse than the media controlled by totalitarian governments. From the world I came from, journalists had to run the risk of losing their freedom to tell the truth. Sadly, some American journalists have abused their 1st amendment right, and irresponsibly put America's democratic system in jeopardy. Their lack of professionalism has reached a certain level of insanity and shamelessness.

Posted by: C. Tsou, Esq. | July 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse


It appears the old man is JEALOUS. He was the one who wanted Obama to go to the mideast...So why all this crying......

Posted by: rajah kahn | July 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain = old, senile fool, dedicated to the status quo and continuing Bush's Bumblings.

Obama = young, brainy, energetic, dedicated to the Country.

Need I say more?

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Bill, but you didn't answer my question. Note that I'm not advocating McCain OR Obama. I think we're in serious trouble, regardless of whom we vote into office. The choice? They both flip-flop at the drop of a poll. McCain has at least worked across the aisle, but he seems like a man caught in the system. Obama hasn't proved much of what he espouses, based on his voting record. He's an gilded inspirational speaker who hasn't worked across the aisle, as a rule in Congress. They are both about as stubborn as you get.

Some choice.

Posted by: J | July 22, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Everything was much nicer and oil was only $60 a barrel when the Democrats took Congress in 2006. Pelosi allows what gets to the House floor for discussion, and it's only been ineffectual crap so far. And we want the Senator, with the most liberal track record of policy, now for President to go hand-in-hand with this disaster? Fine. Vote that way; and remember what you've done.

Posted by: TL | July 22, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I am totally dismayed at this caricature of a presidential candidate named John McCain.

Someone please take the microphone away from this doddering, angry, and ignorant senior citizen. He is becoming very frightening for me and my family by his rants about " I know how to win wars." I am beginning to believe that war is all that he has to offer our country. By the way, which war has McCain "won?" He reminds me of a modern day Don Quixote tilting at phantom windmills.

His beloved "Surge" was not successful. Its purpose was to give the Iraqi government the stability it needed to make needed reforms and bring all parties together. American taxpayers paid billions to faction leaders to leave our troops alone. We placed thousands of concrete barriers in Baghdad to keep the Shia from slaughtering the Sunni and vice versa. We enacted curfews to keep people off the streets. Still according to Iraqbodycount.com, the city is the most dangerous place in the world. Maybe McCain will host a barbecue for his beloved media in the middle of all this. Flak jackets mandatory, of course.

The "surge" did not succeed other than reducing American casualties. Iraq is still in chaos with over 100 civilians dying each week, thousands of refugees leaving, and no running water, sewage, or electricity in a majority of the homes.

Viet-Nam Veteran
United States Air Force 1963-1968

Posted by: Luke Wright | July 22, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

@ J (the first post),

The first leg of the trip is a congressional fact finding trip, on which other senators accompanied Obama. The rest of the trip is paid for and sponsored by Obama's campaign, so don't think for a second that taxpayer money is going towards the campaign.

Posted by: Mark | July 22, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Billw,

So what?

I mean really, SO WHAT?

Your "facts" really are mostly Opinion.

"An opportunist:
Obama is an opportunist who accepted support from Chicago crooks to get started."

Is being an opportunist bad? So he too support from someone who turned out to be a crook. McCain has similar ties with Chicago gangsters but Obama fans will tell you why Obama should win, NOT WHY MCCAIN SHOULD LOSE.

"Master of deception:
He knocks the surge in Iraq, but now takes political advantage of it's success."

So how is this a fact? He said the surge was a bad idea at the time, and now it worked. Light shines on a dog's ass every once in a while, but given the same facts about the surge, he would still be against it. Luck is not something that people should look for in a president.

"Unpatriotic:
He wouldn't wear a flag lapel pin until criticized for it. He does not place his hand over his heart during the national anthem."

This is not a fact. How is he unpatriotic because he doesn't where a pin? Maybe he just doesn't want to put holes in his clothing? I've seen a video with Obama's hand over his heart, fact busted.

"Condones terrorists:
Has a relationship with Ayers, the
domestic terroriost."

Ayers is a professor of English who lives down the street from him. How is that condoning terrorist? Ayers served his punishment and is now no longer a terrorist, fact busted.

"Judgement:
Spent 20 years in close association with the anti-American racist Wright who praises Farrahkan."

Although Wright said some racist stuff, he is not anti-American. Besides, everyone has 30 seconds of their life where hey said things that are not politically correct, Wright just had his caught on tape. So I guess we should hate Obama because someone he knows said something bad once. By your logic, we can never have another president because EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY knows someone who is an idiot.

"An Elitist:
He spoke ill of small town people."

He said that some small town people cling to the thigs that matter to them the most, their freedom of arms and religion. I guess the truth hurts. Considering that I am a "small town" person from rural PA, I think my opinion on this matter trumps yours.

"An egomaniac:
He used a fake presidential seal."

Only someone with a chip on their shoulder cares about this.

"He wants a huge stadium for his acceptance speech."

...because so many people support him that he needs a huge venue to let the average person get the chance to see him, smart idea actually.

"He meets with overseas leaders before nomination."

First you cry "inexperienced" then you complain when he wants to meet the people that he needs to work with in the future?

Overall I give you a 4 out of 10.
You need more facts that matter and less opinion.

Here is a suggestion, tell me why McCain should be president and NOT why Obama shouldn't.


Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

When Mccain goes to a fund raiser it cost so much with the f'n plain and secrete service and so on. Half the time they would break even if they had to pay themselves. It's all bullsh&t and always has been. Most people could retire on what it cost for just one of those meaningless fact finding trips those politicians take.
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One thing I don't understand is why taxpayers have to foot the bill for Obama's trip. That makes no sense to me. It's obviously a campaigning trip. Also, why do we pay McCain and Obama as senators while they are campaigning? They do very little to take care of the business at hand in Congress.
Regardless, you have to agree the term "unbiased" can't even remotely be applied to the media coverage of this race.

Posted by: J | July 22, 2008 3:13 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The media coverage has been unbiased. The quantity of coverage has strongly favored Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"McCain's not even smarter than Bush."

But he is angrier. Does that count for something? he he

Posted by: Dave | July 22, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's the truth from a GOPer in Arizona - McCain is a worn out old Pol that isn't interesting at all. True Republicans despise him, Liberals hate him, middle of the road independents don't see anything exciting in him.

Oh, and he admits that he cannot spell economy.

Clear now why the media is focusing on Obama?

Posted by: GOPKevInAZ | July 22, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

To J-

Why have the taxpayers funded an illegal war, corporate bailouts, private armies, etc.?

Posted by: Bill | July 22, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people seem to think John McCain is the wonder boy of foreign policy. This guy can't even work a computer. Will someone please tell me where McCain got all his foreign policy experience from. Was it the globe trotting party at the taxpayer's expense. His war record has nothing to do with foreign policy. John McCain got a free ride from daddy and is no way smarter than Obama. McCain's not even smarter than Bush. If McCain gets elected he'll do exactly what he's told. Rob from the poor and give to the rich.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 22, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I never said anything positive about McCain or that I supported him. They are both politicians who will say anything to get elected. Plenty of examples of that for both of them.

Just pointing out the obama isn't quite the messiah that he appears in the simple minded media presentation.

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

A reminder: it was the McCain campaign that challenged Obama to make this trip and for the media to cover it. It did not work out as anticipated but can only seem like whining when the add is released at the time of the trip. I thought that Hannity told me it was the Democrats who whine. Oh dear, I'll have to watch him today to see what "facts" I'm missing.

Posted by: Ronnn | July 22, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

One thing I don't understand is why taxpayers have to foot the bill for Obama's trip. That makes no sense to me. It's obviously a campaigning trip. Also, why do we pay McCain and Obama as senators while they are campaigning? They do very little to take care of the business at hand in Congress.
Regardless, you have to agree the term "unbiased" can't even remotely be applied to the media coverage of this race.

Posted by: J | July 22, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wants more attention than the news media should air a special on The Charles Keating Savings and Loan scandal in which McCain fronted for his benefactor who was busy defrauding thousands of retired people of their life's savings.

McCain never apologized, but just said, " I showed poor judgment." What an understatement. He has shown poor judgment his whole life. He is not to be trusted in matters of war or peace.

His bragging about " I know how to win wars." shoud be a wake up call to concerned citizens. Don't place this angry, irritable, and forgetful man anywhere near a nuclear button. He is simply a very dangerous person- and a liar.

Posted by: Elizabeth | July 22, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

although i'm not in favor of either candidate, i'm particularly shocked at how people are so defensive of obama. it's become a sort of taboo to even question his credentials. but the truth is that we are bypassing this very important issue. i would give him a chance, but in about 10 years. no one really knows who this obama is. he's only been in the senate for a few years recently, most of which were spent campaigning. many of his most formative years were spent overseas in another country. his now disgraced religious "mentor" sounds like a twin of louis farrakhan. who really knows much of anything about him? serving in the illinois senate will not give anyone the experience to lead a country with so many complicated international issues going on. i would give him a few more terms in the US senate to see where this guy is truly leaning since everyone can talk--a voting record is the best thing we've got to guage reality

Posted by: nine2ten | July 22, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

As an advocate for the armed services, McCain has opposed extending benefits for veterans or limiting the duration of their tours; as a foreign policy expert, he's supported an illegitimate, open-ended, frightfully expensive war, secret overseas prisons, denial of habeas corpus, and renditions for the purpose of torture - oh yeah, and he doesn't know the difference between Shia and Sunni. Domestically, he has supported unlimited H1-B visas, and thinks that neoclassical economics makes it somehow fair to sell your job to an authoritarian, command-labor state. He'd sell an American job to the very same Vietnamese that caged and abused him.

Dumped his crippled first wife to marry into a fortune, intervened with Federal regulators on behalf of contributor Charles Keating... in fact, never did anything noteworthy beyond being a P.O.W.

Oh, and culturally obsolete too: he doesn't realize that when he admits to not understanding the internet, he's admitting that he doesn't understand the modern world.

If his claims of favoritism aren't simply another round of the tired old Nixonian "liberal media" diversion, then, well, he deserves it. He's nothing like a decent choice for President, and the media should be pointing this out.

Posted by: Phil G. | July 22, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama's campaign contains hype, serious discussions about social issues, detailed plans for solving the country's problems. He even attacks Obama on differences in policy.

The hype portion is a component in what is so far a very successful campaign in getting out the message. Seems to me that the McCain campaign should spend more time in getting out a message. It would help if they decided what that message is. McCain has used the Bush model for presenting a candidate. Build an image of a successful warrior which lacks a fact basis to it and pound away that the opponent flip flops. Also that Obama is inexperienced. The problem is I do not think that observing McCain that you feel that he has any concept of the big picture, he is mired in minutia. That is in fact what a senator must do to be effective.

Obama lays out the big picture, does not get mired in the little things but if questioned specifically will in fact go into the needed details.

Obama's coverage has been greater than McCain's even on Fox. The media is ruled by what sells. It is important that the media be fair, To bring the limelight back to himself he must be more dynamic, lay out his plans, tell us what conditions will exist that will allow him to balance the budget by 2013. These are uncertain times and we need action. Maybe McCain can offer that but the media does not get that message. He is an active man whose campaign is languid and the excitement is found in the other camp.


Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

(Affirmative action is a desire to redress effects of actual or perceived, past or current discrimination that is regarded as unfair.) Way to hit the nail on the head Tim.

The media bias is all about Obama being a half black man.

Posted by: KP | July 22, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, perhaps Obama gets more press coverage because he's more interesting. Besides, he's also gotten a lot more NEGATIVE press coverage than McCain as well. Perhaps McCain doesn't like a "free-market" privately owned press. Perhaps McCain thinks that the press should be a state run and heavily regulated institutions? Does McCain want to reinstate the media fairness laws that the Republicans overturned? The press is following what people are interested in, and big surprise, people are interested in the first Black presidential candidate in history who is also charismatic and energizing as opposed to a grumpy old man who does nothing but complain and give poor speeches.

Posted by: Jeff | July 22, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is creating his media attention by being an interesting choice for president. He is crossing boundaries that no presidential nominee has ever crossed.

McCain makes tons of mistakes and hasn't said anything that was considered a good, new idea.

I think the McCain supporters are actually supporting affirmative action in the sense that they want McCain to have more media coverage when he has the coverage that he earns.

(Affirmative action is a desire to redress effects of actual or perceived, past or current discrimination that is regarded as unfair.)

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

That was little weak, you need something better then that. By the way, the reason Mccain doesn't use a teleprompter, he used to by the way. Is because one of the first things to show up in the early stages on Alzheimer's is the ability to deal with the written word. If you see him trying to even work from notes he can't even seem to keep his thoughts straight. General conversation one can disguise it better with a gesture of pause, clear your throat what ever. When they have to read it jumps out at you there is something wrong Much like someone with Parkinson's disease can hide it for a while. I was watching Mccain trying to use some written notes the other day and he looked lost as he fumbled through them trying to keep what he was saying straight.


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So obama's experts are really puppeteers?

He is really an empty suit!

Or as he said "an empty slate"

Waiting for some adviser's thought and for his teleprompter.

cool!

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 2:49 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Screw the both of them. Bring on the depression and a new revolution favoring individual rights and freedom, not just platitudes.

Posted by: X | July 22, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I am totally dismayed at this caricature of a presidential candidate named John McCain.

Someone please take the microphone away from this doddering, angry, and ignorant senior citizen. He is becoming very frightening for me and my family by his rants about " I know how to win wars." I am beginning to believe that war is all that he has to offer our country. By the way, which war has McCain "won?" He reminds me of a modern day Don Quixote tilting at phantom windmills.

His beloved "Surge" was not successful. Its purpose was to give the Iraqi government the stability it needed to make needed reforms and bring all parties together. American taxpayers paid billions to faction leaders to leave our troops alone. We placed thousands of concrete barriers in Baghdad to keep the Shia from slaughtering the Sunni and vice versa. We enacted curfews to keep people off the streets. Still according to Iraqbodycount.com, the city is the most dangerous place in the world. Maybe McCain will host a barbecue for his beloved media in the middle of all this. Flak jackets mandatory, of course.

The "surge" did not succeed other than reducing American casualties. Iraq is still in chaos with over 100 civilians dying each week, thousands of refugees leaving, and no running water, sewage, or electricity in a majority of the homes.

Viet-Nam Veteran
United States Air Force 1963-1968

Posted by: Luke Wright | July 22, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain should just do what is best for the country, instead of following this current President's motives , and vote Obama.

Posted by: paulo | July 22, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

This whole strategy sounds like another Karl Rove Big Lie campaign. The facts speak for themselves all of the media coverage is slanted in favor of McCain. He is Teflon-coated since every stupid mistake he makes is ignored or barely referenced by the media. CBS News on the other hand says that Obama's popularity abroad could resemble that of Tony Blair who was disliked at home. They failed to mention that Blair was popular in Britain until he drank the Bush Kool-Aid.- Furthermore no clear effort is made to debunk the "surge success" since Iraq is quieter primarily because the US military has spent billions buying "loyalty" from the Sunnis and we have as many mercenaries working in Iraq as we have US soldiers. The media is dominated by conservative corporate forces and there is no "love affair" with Obama. It is a myth.

Posted by: jefflz | July 22, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Stop whining McCain. Your Jealousy is unbecoming. The media is reporting more on Obama right now because he's actually doing something newsworthy. Bumbling old fools babbling incoherently and spewing the same tired republican attacks, slanders, and distortions just doesn't attract the same level of attention that a sharp, energetic progressive with fresh, common sense ideas does.

Posted by: hesingswithfrogs | July 22, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse


G8tr said:
"What you do not have a clue about is the difference between fact and opinion. That was opinion not fact"

No it's fact. It's your word against that from the major news networks. For clarity to later posters, hare again are the facts:

OBAMA'S CHARACTER

An opportunist:
Obama is an opportunist who accepted support from Chicago crooks to get started.

Master of deception:
He knocks the surge in Iraq, but now takes political advantage of it's success.

Unpatriotic:
He wouldn't wear a flag lapel pin until criticized for it. He does not place his hand over his heart during the national anthem.

Condones terrorists:
Has a relationship with Ayers, the
domestic terroriost.

Judgement:
Spent 20 years in close association with the anti-American racist Wright who praises Farrahkan.

An Elitist:
He spoke ill of small town people.

An egomaniac:
He used a fake presidential seal.
He wanted to speak at the Brandenberg gate.
He wants a huge stadium for his acceptance speech.
He meets with overseas leaders before nomination.

An ingrate:
Uses his grandmother as an example to justify inappropriate behavior.

It does not speak well for Obama's supporters and for America that a man with the above character will be the democratic candidate for President.

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

What REALLY tickles me is that's how McWar got the nomination - it was given to him by supression of coverage for Ron Paul who would have won in a landslide if people had actually heard his platform. So he was all lovey dovey when the media were handing him enearned delegates - but now that they've achieved the first part of their objective i.e. nominating an unelectable candidate he thinks they're "betraying" him. Nope, they're wswtill doing the exact same thing they were doing before - electing a CFR member who can last two terms.

Posted by: Louis Nardozi | July 22, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well-McCain mocks the press again. I remember him making the flippant remark about staying in Iraq 50 to 100 years when asked by the press aout how long the Fascists would keep our troops in Iraq. He really did not seem to care about the soldiers there or the veterans, even going so far as to vote against the new GI Bill for our veterans that have paid the price. He promises to build 45 nuclear power plants that will cost approximately $12,000,000,000 apiece. How will this reduce the price of gas at the pumps? Did you know that McCain graduated 5th from the bottom in a class of 800 from the Naval Academy? Did you know McCain wrote a condolence letter to the family of a deceased organized crime leader? Just Google--John McCain.

Posted by: ghostcommander | July 22, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until November. The republican's are going to have their ass handed to them!

Posted by: Bill | July 22, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Well at least we know that Team McCain knows hot to get press coverage. If only McCain would bother to attack some issues with some relevant policy ideas instead of attacking any mention of his opponent. And maybe if he had a new idea other than the 100 year surge and his vietnam duty, the press would have something to cover.

Posted by: Don Palmer | July 22, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"So obama's experts are really puppeteers?

He is really an empty suit!

Or as he said "an empty slate"

Waiting for some adviser's thought and for his teleprompter.

cool!

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 2:49 PM "
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And you think that McCain will actually make decisions?

If McCain becomes president he will do whatever his advisors tell him to do. AND THAT IS THE BEST SITUATION. I can't imagine what this country would be like if McCain had made his own decisions, probably something out of that new Fallout game.

Please don't tell me that you are voting for McCain because he will make all the right decisions, I will bust out laughing at work.

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

If the media weren't completely ignoring McCain's gaffe's, he'd have a better argument that Obama was getting special treatment.

I can't imagine the response from the media if Obama talked about Czechoslovakia in the present tense and referred to some imaginary "Iraq-Pakistan" border.

These gaffes didn't even warrant a mention on this blog, and certainly aren't being covered by the rest of the media.

Posted by: sagcat | July 22, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The press ignores McCain's piggy sexist jokes, ignores his ignorance of mideast geography, ignores his lies about supporting G.I.s, ignores his lies his votes on equal pay for equal work, ignores his lies about how safe it is to walk around Bagdad, ignores the brain damage done by his constant physical pain, ignores his often foul temper, ignores his condeming Obama's trip abroad after condemning Obams' not taking a trip abroad, ignores his snuggling with Phil Gramm who is responsible for much of the current economic mess, ignores his never having held a strategy-level post in the Navy. The press has gone beyond having a love affair with McCain and turns a spousal blind eye to his unending and dangerously disfunctional behavior.

Posted by: edwardian | July 22, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Horrible strategy. They're just highlighting Obama's strength, which is what Americans are looking for...someone to inspire the world.

Posted by: Kolinski | July 22, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh ok drop to the mud and call names mister anonymous Posted by: | July 22, 2008 2:41 PM

Hit a sore spot there little guy?
You must be as you say because you have nothing to add except name calling.

haha


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cliche statements do not add much to a discussion either.

Posted by: NICKL | July 22, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Desperation is ugly. No Republican can win in November. They've screwed everything up so badly it will take decades to straighten in out. And McCain was there the whole time helping to dig the hole we're in.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 22, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

What's sad is the poor schmucks who listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, et.al, and actually believe the lies they spew on a daily basis. In this country we've reached the point where people have been beaten down for so long they'll believe anything to justify their crummy situations and how they got there. These are people who are making up the majority of radio/TV audiences and they will believe the moon is made of green cheese if Limbaugh told them it was. The fact that Obama is doing so well is encouraging but there are a lot of liars and haters out there who claim to be patriots who are really fascists.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

So obama's experts are really puppeteers?

He is really an empty suit!

Or as he said "an empty slate"

Waiting for some adviser's thought and for his teleprompter.

cool!

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

In 26 years the answer is nothing. There is no greatness in Mccain, if there was it would have surfaced long ago. Truth is, he is just another dime a dozen do nothing politician you will find on any corner in Washington. Want to know Mccains future you need only to look at his past. It is a political vacuum.

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WHAT HAS MCCAIN DONE THAT IS WORTH TALKING ABOUT? And you can leave out the obvious stuff(IE flip-flopping, Sexistness, Gaffes)

I bet all you can come up with is "he crashed a plane and was tortured."

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 2:43 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The only reason the press is following Obama so much is because their looking for anything they can use against him. John McCain is hiding tax records, medical reports, his wifes drug use, sealed war records, need I say more. This is the way McCain wants the press to act. There is nothing good to say about John McCain. The press had no problem tearing Hillary and Obama apart. If they did their job the rebublicans would have to replace McCain. With his voting record and crooked deals no one would vote for him if the truth came out. It's just another sham election.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 22, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Success in Iraq? We've paid off half the Middle East to get some reduction in violence. Out infrastructure gains in Iraq, when compared to the losses, are a grim joke about what other humans are really worth to us. With the impending election, Iraqis have a hope that the occupation might be ending.
We have bent over so hard for every power broker and financial interest in the Middle East, so hard, just like Mccain is bending over for the neocon/repug/sicko agenda. These people are only interested in getting paid, belitlling others, and congressional junkets to Saipan where child prostitution thrives thanks to Newt Gingrich & Co.
Bunch of sick men. Stop bending over for them, America.

Posted by: Jaylike Birds | July 22, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh ok drop to the mud and call names mister anonymous Posted by: | July 22, 2008 2:41 PM

Hit a sore spot there little guy?
You must be as you say because you have nothing to add except name calling.

haha

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain is McBoring and McDangerous ! he is a fool to think republican vep "Dennis Kucinich Jindal" will save his doomed campaign of boredom, bushdom, and war !

Posted by: philosopherkingtomas | July 22, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain is McBoring and McDangerous ! he is a fool to think republican vep "Dennis Kucinich Jindal" will save his doomed campaign of boredom, bushdom, and war !

Posted by: philosopherkingtomas | July 22, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

He won't learn anything he doesn't already know. He already has a staff of experts and advisors better the the president has and has for the last year. People who actually know what they are talking about. Obama is so on the case it is a joke and he will be ready to hit the ground running on day one.

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What can obama learn from his media circus trip?

Oh that's right. He'll be a foreign policy expert on his return. How could I forget that? That and his 140 days in the senate go a long way to fill his foreign policy knowledge.


Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 2:38 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Here is my impression of EVERYONE who supports McCain in these comments:

"Obama sucks! And that is fact because I said so! Obama's black/Muslim/Young/Inexperienced/Elitist/Has Friends/Not Patriotic/Racist."

Here is my impression of EVERYONE who supports Obama in these comments:

"Obama diplomatic/smart/good at decisions/a hard worker/A hopeful leader."


Maybe the "Obama haters" should start trying to tell us "Obamaniacs" why McCain is so much better.

Here is your chance....

WHAT HAS MCCAIN DONE THAT IS WORTH TALKING ABOUT? And you can leave out the obvious stuff(IE flip-flopping, Sexistness, Gaffes)

I bet all you can come up with is "he crashed a plane and was tortured."

Posted by: Tim | July 22, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Every single political story on Google news right now is about McCain, none of it negative.

The media has been cowed by another Republican WHINER.

But wake up people. This is pathetic.

News coverage is usually NEGATIVE!!!!!

John McCain is using the fact that Obama got hammered for months with infinite negative stories... he's using those stats to say there's media bias because Obama has more namedrops in our newsmedia?!?

You people need to wake up and recognize how false this media narrative is.

Media hacks like Howie Kurtz are lying to you, and y'all aren't even bright enough to see through it. These are the guys who lied us into this war in the first place... and you take their word at face value?

For shame. Shame on America for being so easily duped... again. And by a lamebrain like McCain? Fool you twice... shame on you, America.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"What can obama learn from his media circus trip?

Oh that's right. He'll be a foreign policy expert on his return. How could I forget that? That and his 140 days in the senate go a long way to fill his foreign policy knowledge."

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Not sure if Obama learned that, but I'm sure I've learned that you're an absolute idiot.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

What can obama learn from his media circus trip?

Oh that's right. He'll be a foreign policy expert on his return. How could I forget that? That and his 140 days in the senate go a long way to fill his foreign policy knowledge.


Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain of all people is complaining about the media playing favorites? Does he feel like he's been dumped for someone younger? McCain of all people is complaining about being dumped for someone younger?

Posted by: Aleks | July 22, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

(sigh)

------------in response to----------------

We should just elect OBAMA NOW!!

To heck with elections and all that other constitutional NONSENSE!!! We WANT CHANGE!!

Screw process, government, experience, freedom, CHANGE NOW!!!

Get real.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

News coverage is usually NEGATIVE!!!!!

People, wake up.

John McCain is using the fact that Obama got hammered for months with infinite negative stories... he's using those stats to say there's media bias because Obama has more namedrops in our newsmedia?!?

You people need to wake up and recognize how false this media narrative is.

Media hacks like Howie Kurtz are lying to you, and y'all aren't even bright enough to see through it. These are the guys who lied us into this war in the first place... and you take their word at face value?

For shame. Shame on America for being so easily duped... again. And by a lamebrain like McCain? Fool you twice... shame on you, America.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Mike, you seem really spooked, "draconian Marxist economic policies" is maybe a little too strong, I'd recomend "Tax and spend liberal". We hear that one every four years, and it's been working. Of course Bush senior warned us Bill Clinton was coming after our wallets, but Clinton went on to leave a surplus at the end of his two terms of economic growth. Let's see, GWB jr. is leaving us with a trillion in debt, the dollar is circling the drain, gas is at $4.00 a Gal., on second thought you might stick with "draconian Marxist economic policies", you guys are in trouble.

Posted by: Fred L. | July 22, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Right on BillyW.

James McDouglas must be a news reporter in love.

Posted by: Nick Danger | July 22, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

We should just elect OBAMA NOW!!

To heck with elections and all that other constitutional NONSENSE!!! We WANT CHANGE!!

Screw process, government, experience, freedom, CHANGE NOW!!!

Get real.

Posted by: NOBAMA!! | July 22, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The real laugh is, this article tells you what the problem is. The only coverage Mccain gets is if he talks about Obama. Even Mccain knows Obama is the story and who people want to read about.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

BillW

What you do not have a clue about is the difference between fact and opinion. That was opinion not fact,

Your confused because your candidate is confused. He does not understand that if he writes an opinion piece on a plan for exiting Iraq that he has to give an outline of what that plan will be. Saying he will get the troops out by 2013 is more like a wish on his wish list.

Apparently Mr McCain thinks everyone should know his deficiencies in authorship since he advertised it. Furthermore, he did not accept responsibility for his own failure.

You are entitled to published political propaganda, in your case without much basis in reality, but do not delude yourself into thinking it is fact.

Posted by: G8tr | July 22, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain has an entire Cable Network (F0X) in his pocket 24/7, what more does he want? If it is actual fair an balanced coverage, let's start with his family history. Can you say "makes Clinton look like a monogomist?"

Can you say "Keating Five Savings and Loan Scandal?"

How about his sense of humor: "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

"Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran" (maybe that one is actually lack of judgement)

If you want to see what loser McCain really is, spend a few minutes at:
http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm

And that doesn't even touch the issue of how likely is he to actually serve out a full term, given his healt and age? Do you really want one of the other GOP losers that he puts on the ticket as VP to be your next president?

Think About it.

Posted by: Idaho Bob | July 22, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Obam will make a great president.He is already known in the world where as Macain is no where near the popularity that Obama has.. So lets face Obama will make American people proud. We are all behind you Obama lets bring change to the world. Obama 008

Posted by: Riyad | July 22, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain obviously has nothing meaningful to say and so has decided to take a page out of Karl Rove's playbook and throw dung and hope some of it sticks.

McCain 2000 would have had my vote. McCain 2008 is just more of the same.

Posted by: Mark | July 22, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign is sinking fast. He's all out of ideas, so he is going to try whining. Good luck!

Posted by: Whoops | July 22, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

There are only two reasons McCain got as much coverage as he received:

First, he is tied at the hip to GWB, and of course the press has to cover the White House so he is just glomming onto that coverage, and..

Second, they are just waiting for the next gaffe. There seems to be at least three per week, and I think they secretly have a contest to see who can report the next one first.

Without those two scenarios, his coverage would match his approval ratings, my friends.

Posted by: Susan | July 22, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse


Obama is infinitely more interesting and compelling than the snoozefest that is John McCain's campaign. People want Obama, nobody cares about McCain. The media is a business, afterall.

Posted by: sequoia | July 22, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Yup,

He refused a direct order to remove the bombs from his plane that turned the USS Forrestal fire into a raging inferno... more than 100 US soldiers died, and McCain was transferred immediately afterwards to a new aircraft carrier.

Nice having a daddy in high places... even when you're a reject that graduated 5th from the bottom of 1,000 at the Naval Academy.

------------------- In response to:

"Nice to have a father who is an admiral. His records have been so phonied up it would be impossible to ever determine any of the truth about Mccain."

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

QUESTION?!

When will there ever be debates between O and McCain? That will make for such great TV. Oh my God, how McCain will come across as the bitter old man he is in front of everybody. Even his own tepid supporters will all groan in sudden realization they have all got on board a sinking ship.

Posted by: NicolasL | July 22, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The cost to American taxpayers for the anti-regulation policies of McCain's economic platform guru, Gramm... this time in the mortgage industry:

$25 BILLION.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/business/economy/23treasury.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

McCain and Gramm owe American taxpayers $25 billion for their anti-regulation Reaganomics brand idiocy.


Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse


Heck, his candidacy comes to an end if he even has to explain any of his phony medals he got. That alone is a scandal waiting to happen but it never will. The man is a phony, I am sorry and has been living off it his whole career. Nice to have a father who is an admiral. His records have been so phonied up it would be impossible to ever determine any of the truth about Mccain. He has been telling the same BS stories for so long he doesn't know what e truth anymore.

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Garbage.

Most news is NEGATIVE. They spent the entire spring bashing Obama with infinite news stories on Wright... and now they use those stats to try and argue that Obama gets more attention? And that's media bias in his favor?

This is the same media that lied us into this war in the first place.

So OK, yeah Obama has gotten more attention. NEGATIVE attention.

McCain is welcome to all the media scrutiny he can handle... although we all know he won't get it... and he can't handle it... which is why he won't get it. The media needs to keep this close, as Time magazine revealed today.

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1825337,00.html

The media has been in the tank for McCain since he came back from Vietnam. They'll never grow the stones required to actually vet the horror stories in his closet... the ones Bush Jr knew about and used to beat McCain into submission in 2000.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 2:14 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain spends weeks ridiculing Obama about not going to Iraq, screaming up and down that his visit to Iraq is the big news of month, begging the press to go over Obama's trip with a fine tooth comb. And then it happens and McCain is crying about it?

Posted by: Bozley | July 22, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see McCain listen to a lot of average Iraqis - although it probably wouldn't change his pre-conceived notions based on his Vietnam experience.

Posted by: BJ | July 22, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody catch the Bush I and McCain walking in front of Bush's summer home in Maine a couple days ago? Both old geezers were limping out to the podium. It made for a horrible photo op. They both looked they were trying to escape an old folk's home. Honestly, McCain is absolutely decrepit. People should be paying more attention to McCain's eventual vice president. THAT, would be the president if McCain ever won the election.

Posted by: NicolasL | July 22, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

My family is in the oil business son. Like it of not Obama is right on every point. No one is selling you cheap gas or spending a cent even looking for more oil. Unless the government wants to do it most oil people see the end coming and are already looking elsewhere in terms of business opportunities. That is the big guys I am referring to, as far as wildcatters it is a gold mine. They, at todays prices, can pull oil out of places that would not even be worth it for a large oil company to drill and make millions. thats a lot of money to a small-guy. Larger companies need to make billions to make it worth their wile. I am not kidding. Feel like gambling a little. hook up with a wildcatter and you may be a millionaire over night.

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No, the sad part is you don't believe it and will fall for the empty suit used car salesman with the #1 ultra liberal voting record.

Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 2:10 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The campaign ad should have been made by someone more credible than Mr Blackwell who oversaw the voting debacle in Ohio as Secretary of State, He clearly acted in a partisan fashion in that position when he left heavily Democratic precincts ill equipped to meeting the voters needs and left votes not cast. Those problems were anticipatable but he chose to ignore them.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The surge is the biggest lie Republicans have going right now.

They paid off the Mahdi army to stop fighting... and then credit the surge as the reason. Great work. Paying terrorists. That's more treasonous than negotiating with them. Well done Republicans.

For all intents and purposes, they've turned Iraq over to the control of the mullahs in Iran... and they call that "winning?"

Well... seeing as how close Republicans are to the Saudis... maybe handing over Iraq to religious militants is their idea of "winning?"

I guess that's what they're telling us.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

To tell the McCain campaign the truth, since he's so old. he's like an old piece of crap history book. His daily activities and whatever his campaign does are really really boring. Nobody wants to hear about it. He is an old old old man. Alzheimer's already catching up on him. Sunnis, Shiites, wait, huh?

Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse


LisaSt:
"McCain just reminds me more and more of a bitter old man"

So what do my facts posted at 1:36 pm remind you of concerning Obama?


Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha... this "surge" nonsense... Obama wanted to pull troops out, McCain wanted them to put more in.

Bush sends more in, and there is violence, and troop deaths.

Wouldn't taking our guys out of there have resulted in zero troop deaths?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Garbage.

Most news is NEGATIVE. They spent the entire spring bashing Obama with infinite news stories on Wright... and now they use those stats to try and argue that Obama gets more attention? And that's media bias in his favor?

This is the same media that lied us into this war in the first place.

So OK, yeah Obama has gotten more attention. NEGATIVE attention.

McCain is welcome to all the media scrutiny he can handle... although we all know he won't get it... and he can't handle it... which is why he won't get it. The media needs to keep this close, as Time magazine revealed today.

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1825337,00.html

The media has been in the tank for McCain since he came back from Vietnam. They'll never grow the stones required to actually vet the horror stories in his closet... the ones Bush Jr knew about and used to beat McCain into submission in 2000.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Andrew.

It's your Republican anti-tax, anti-regulation policies that ruined our economy and left us defenseless domestically. It's your party and your party's political philosophy that got us hit on 911 by obsessing about Iraq... and then lied us into an illegal war... by obsessing about Iraq. And it's your party that actually paid the militants to stop fighting... (hey all you terrorists... we'll pay you to stop being terrorists... great policy Republicans... brilliant)... and then it was your party that basically turned the country over to the Iranians.

Anybody that thinks that your anti-tax, anti-regulation policies mean anything but diverting spending from social programs to the Pentagon and corrupt companies like Halliburton or Enron... anyone that foolish is just plain ignorant as to how Republicans run government. End of story. Proven once and for all.

Your Reaganomics is a boondoggle. You're nothing but irresponsible snakeoil salesmen who don't pay your own taxes and then live off the welfare of states like California who do. Every blue state subsidizes the anti-tax irresponsibility of every red state. Red states are the real welfare queens, so don't give us that nonsense about taxes. Someone eventually pays for your social services, even if Republicans in red states aren't responsible or strong enough to do it themselves.

Give it up with the anti-tax garbage... nobody believes you anymore.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Because it can't be kept up and the bad guys enjoy watching us expend our resources as they sit back and wait. Killing as many of us as they can in the mean time by the way. If it worked why did they just extend the troop rotation to 15 months now? There is a difference between success and prolonging the inevitable. We need to leave and what ever happens was going to happen no matter how many more Americans we get killed over there. My guess, once we are out it will be be better then most think but either way it is none of our business.
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Obama, tell us again why the surge wouldn't work?

Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 2:06 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Whether you like him or not, Obama is something new and different. McCain is old and more of the same. OF COURSE the media people will give more time to the new guy.

This is not a democratic or republican thing, it's just marketing.

Posted by: truthiness | July 22, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE THE AD!!! (and I am an Obama supporter)

For once the McCain camp is dealing in fact. The press AND America AND the people AND the World ... love Obama!

Wow.

Posted by: Love it. | July 22, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The sad part is if you actually believe what you wrote you are just being deceived. We can only hope more people are better informed then you are.

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Obama is FAR worse than any thing said so far. Yes the media is in bed with Obama and so much for campaign finance reform. It must be nice to have free info commercials for you 24/7. Remember when the news was about just reporting facts.
Obama is an ultra liberal Marxists who will hurt Americans by crippling the economic engines of our country through heavy taxation and tampering. He will steal freedoms from Americans by expanding an already bloated government filled with wasteful and ripe for fraud programs that both Democrats and moderate Republicans fritter trillions. He will appoint activists judges who will further steal freedoms from Americans by usurping the power of the legislative and executive branches and the will of the people
He will prohibit ALL practical forms of Domestic energy which will further drive up the cost of everything, make us vulnerable to dysfunctional dictators, hurricanes in the Gulf that threaten the oil rigs there every year and cost us a plethora of jobs for Americans.
There is NOTHING good about the present Democrats who continue to block all practical domestic energy sources and coupled with an empty suit Obama with draconian Marxist economic policies will do serious damage to America and Americans. The terrorists must really love him; they're both on the same page.
Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 1:33 PM

Posted by: | July 22, 2008 2:04 PM

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No, the sad part is you don't believe it and will fall for the empty suit used car salesman with the #1 ultra liberal voting record.

Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey here's some good McGrandpa coverage.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c


Posted by: dcUnited99 | July 22, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Yea, maybe he can beat the sh&t out of his wife, he used to love that.

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Only a complete dullard or a pathological Obama supporter could have failed by now to recognize the foolish fawning behavior toward Obama by most of the mainstream media. It's about time the McCain campaign called attention to it by "having a little fun"!

Posted by: C. Nelson | July 22, 2008 1:58 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama, tell us again why the surge wouldn't work?

Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The sad part is if you actually believe what you wrote you are just being deceived. We can only hope more people are better informed then you are.

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Obama is FAR worse than any thing said so far. Yes the media is in bed with Obama and so much for campaign finance reform. It must be nice to have free info commercials for you 24/7. Remember when the news was about just reporting facts.
Obama is an ultra liberal Marxists who will hurt Americans by crippling the economic engines of our country through heavy taxation and tampering. He will steal freedoms from Americans by expanding an already bloated government filled with wasteful and ripe for fraud programs that both Democrats and moderate Republicans fritter trillions. He will appoint activists judges who will further steal freedoms from Americans by usurping the power of the legislative and executive branches and the will of the people
He will prohibit ALL practical forms of Domestic energy which will further drive up the cost of everything, make us vulnerable to dysfunctional dictators, hurricanes in the Gulf that threaten the oil rigs there every year and cost us a plethora of jobs for Americans.
There is NOTHING good about the present Democrats who continue to block all practical domestic energy sources and coupled with an empty suit Obama with draconian Marxist economic policies will do serious damage to America and Americans. The terrorists must really love him; they're both on the same page.
Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 1:33 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

gosh, with McCain's hypothesis, that may explain why we have had so many repugs in the executive branch! So Obama is nothing more than the press, interesting, that is what they said about McCain, that he was an actor... playing the press. Man that must hurt doubly, as Obama is hardly an actor, and being that he is half white with a funny name, they must be steamed. Their world has been turned upside down as even the 26% still supporting the repugs are not that enthusiastic at supporting Mr. MaGoo.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 22, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

You know what I love is that the media is so pro-Obama now that eventually by November people are going to be sick of him. Yes, the media has been biased I mean it's so sickening it's not even funny.

With the current projected deficits from Social Security and Medicare... the Universal Health Care plan will bankrupt our country. Yes, you want to say Iraq and Afghanistan are bankrupting our country. The fact is that only now that the violence is quelling to the Iraqi leaders want the US to leave because they know that without us there they would have had a civil war. If we were to leave immediately the lives of over 4,000 troops would be in vain and for what a political statement by Obama. I trust the military leaders they are brilliant and will get us out of Iraq with victory not a civil war where we'd be obligated to go there again.

We need a smaller government, smarter tax code, less pork barrel spending, and a leader with experience. The fact is that Senator Obama is a liberal with no international experience. The truth is that very little is known about him and that's dangerous. Sure we'd be more popular in the international community with Obama, but they don't have our best interest at heart, they want us to become a socialist nation like them. Remember that capitalism not socialism is what made the US #1.

Posted by: Andrew | July 22, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Flip flopping is what candidates do, McCain is no different. When you're partisan you do not recognize your own candidate's flaws. That said, I will reply that one of the flip flops the Republicans charge, Iraq.

The Republican position is that there are only two choices, stay the course or get out and set a time course and adhere to it rigidly. Obama's position has been from the beginning of this campaign that we need to get out with sixteen months being a potentially achievable time frame. He has also said we will be as careful getting out as we were getting in. So that exiting Iraq conditions on the ground as related by commanders there will be a large consideration in our tactics.

If anyone wishes to name other flip flops, I will be glad to counter, if in fact I do not agree he has flip flopped.

I will not counter with flip flops of McCain's or silly misstatements he has made. I do not expect McCain to be perfect, nor should you expect the same of Obama.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 22, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The question is, is no publicity really bad publicity? They gave the percentage of news mentions between McCain and Obama, but does context matter?

Look at how much coverage Rev. Wright got... or more recently, the flip flops. The media has had a magnifying glass on Obama's positions on campaign finance and such, but I didn't see much coverage on McCain unveiling Obama's divestment strategy (which he voted against) as his own plan in front of AIPAC... or any of his series of gaffes and flip flops.

Personally, I believe a lot of this is the media and the public getting to know the lesser known candidate more. And unfortunately, in this case, I don't think imbalanced coverage really is helping either.

Posted by: Charlie S | July 22, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal who will vote for Obama I absolutely loved the ad and I would hope that it will bring more balance and tough questioning to Obama.

The McCain campaign is right, "if it wasn't so serious it would be funny". I don't live under a cloud of fear, however their are people out there who would kill themselves to kill Americans and we are fawning over this man, the time he spends in the gym and how he doesn't sweat. It is pathetic.

Posted by: Sharon | July 22, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Only a complete dullard or a pathological Obama supporter could have failed by now to recognize the foolish fawning behavior toward Obama by most of the mainstream media. It's about time the McCain campaign called attention to it by "having a little fun"!

Posted by: C. Nelson | July 22, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Garbage.

Most news is NEGATIVE. They spent the entire spring bashing Obama with infinite news stories on Wright... and now they use those stats to try and argue that Obama gets more attention? And that's media bias in his favor?

This is the same media that lied us into this war in the first place.

So OK, yeah Obama has gotten more attention. NEGATIVE attention.

McCain is welcome to all the media scrutiny he can handle... although we all know he won't get it... and he can't handle it... which is why he won't get it. The media needs to keep this close, as Time magazine revealed today.

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1825337,00.html

The media has been in the tank for McCain since he came back from Vietnam. They'll never grow the stones required to actually vet the horror stories in his closet... the ones Bush Jr knew about and used to beat McCain into submission in 2000.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

More desperate hypocrisy from the "straight-talking" McWorse.

This is the John McCain who boasted of his excellent press coverage by characterizing the press as "his base."

Obama is getting good press because he has been running a good campaign and making prescient points on anything and everything from Iraq to Afghanistan to oil prices.

McCain is getting bad press because he is contradicting himself every two seconds on just about everything. He is his own worse enemy.

Posted by: mnjam | July 22, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Howard. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" was by Frankie Valli performing as a solo artist. I hope you will issue a correction.

Posted by: Spike3905 | July 22, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a monotone mumbler who is hardly ever challenged on his multiple gaffs and flip flops. Yesterday he was talking about Iraq bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan. The guy doesn't even know basic geography! I find it hilarious that the wingnuts and McCain challenge Obama to go to Iraq and when he does he's given a huge welcome from the troops, meets with heads of state and maps out the future of the Middle East in a positive way and the right goes ballistic! Republicans are nothing but a bunch of scared, sniveling whiners who are sinking on a rudderless ship. I love it!

Posted by: Bill | July 22, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a fuddy old fart who is boring and flat. Although... his bizarre forced smiles do have some entertainment value.

The geezer even admitted in a NY Times interview that Cindy retrieves his emails for him because he doesn't know how to and that he's learning how to log on and get information from the internet himself. Duh--- is this who you want running the United States? Someone who can't even friggin click on a msg. to open it. Scary, actually.

Posted by: dcUnited99 | July 22, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Republican Talking Points. 07/08

1. We're "winning" in Iraq. The surge worked. Nevermind asking us to define what "winning" means. Nevermind that we paid off the militants and turned Iraq over to Iran. We say we're "winning." No follow up questions [fingers in ears]. Just like they won in Afghanistan the first time... by supplying the Taliban. They beat the Soviets... by empowering our future even more dangerous enemies. Well done Republicans. You gave Iraq to Iran. Well done. I guess that's what you call "winning."

2. McCain doesn't get as many news stories on him as Barack does. Nevermind that most news is NEGATIVE and that the above fact actually proves that the news is biased AGAINST Obama.

3. "Time Horizon." I won't even bother to break that one down... it's just pathetic.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Stop whinning Mr McCain!

Posted by: ewit | July 22, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

In addition to his mocking, evidently the McCain camp plans to steal attention by having McCain name his running mate while Obama is in the Middle East or Europe.

Though veep speculation is centering on Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney, I hope McCain actually picks Rudi Gulianni. That way they can rename the campaign from the "Straight Talk Express" to the "Brotherhood of the Traveling Adulterous Zippers".

Posted by: lgherb | July 22, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It is what it is!

The reason that the media is covering Obama more is that Obama has more energy and excitement at his campaign events. Also Obama is offering more details and incite into his vision for the future of America, from the economy to energy to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The problem for McCain is that he is sounding more and more like GW Bush. No one can tell any significant differences between GW Bush and McCain on major policies. So McCain is being forced into a defensive posture, and only attacks Obama and his policies without offering anything new!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 22, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Waahhh waahhh waaahhhh.......they won't cover me on the news....waahh wahhh wa!

Vote Obama 08!

Posted by: Terri | July 22, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If John angers enough people in the media so they start covering him more, he will stand exposed for what he is. Does he really want that?

Posted by: eric miami | July 22, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Awwww isn't it cute? Mcsame is jealous, poor little dear. lmao

Posted by: OBAMANIAC | July 22, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This is the funniest thing. We all know that McCain has it right and this is going to be a lot of fun.

Memo to Chris Matthews: You sir, are sick!

Posted by: Larry Clifton | July 22, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The media needs stop acting like teenagers with a crush. Obama's time line is nothing more than a gimmick. He needs a history lesson. When nation building, hard and fast time lines are a bad idea. For example, after World War II, it took many years to rebuild Germany and Japan. These were developed countries. Iraq does not have the infrastructure that Germany and Japan had. It will take time to reach the goals set. To cut and run before Iraq is stable is a bad idea.

Posted by: JE | July 22, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain is such a sad pitiful hypocrite.

He's been the media's prostitute for decades, coasting off his time as a prisoner, never accomplishing anything for himself, never earning one red cent on his own.

The media still refuses to print stories on his corruption.

Media attention is typically NEGATIVE. McCain should be counting his blessings that the media has so far refused to do any stories on the ugly skeletons in his closet. Bush Jr. held those stories over his head in the 2000 primary and made swift work of him.

The guy got away with blowing up his own aircraft carrier in Vietnam, cheating on his first wife, and calling his second wife a c-nt in public... and nobody in America who watches TV or reads the news would know it.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 22, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain deserves respect for his many years of service to his country and the left is showing they have none. No respect for good people. They like terrorist butchers like Che, Castro, Mao, Pol Pot, etc. When the Islamist conspiracy takes over I'm sure they won't mind when their families are forced to convert to be muslims, wear black veils, give up music and movies.

Posted by: Mark Amato | July 22, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Amazing, McCain is labled a cry baby because the media fails to cover both parties equally. I noticed this trend at the start of the campaign and did some complaining myself. It is not about the individuals running, its about equal coverage for both participants. Granting media the ability to decide who becomes president due to overexposing one candidate is a disservice to the nation regardless of ones affiliation.

Posted by: sajon | July 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It couldn't have anything to do with McCain being a boring old man while Obama is actually interesting and articulate? Nah, couldn't be!

Posted by: Mark | July 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how Obama has flip-flopped on more issues than John Kerry, yet the media sweeps it all under the rug. Obama is ill-equipped to run this country, his policies change daily ("Pull our military out of Iraq and bring them home", "Move our military from Iraq to Afghanistan."), and he's every bit as sleazy as any other politician. His dealings with Chicago slumlords is no different than Whitewater, but again the media sweeps it under the rug.

I guarantee you, if he gets in office we're going to be every bit as screwed and more as we are under Bush. Mark my words.

Posted by: Obama | July 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The media covers Obama because there is interest in him, Its profitable. Fox gives him more coverage than McCain and more coverage of Mrs Obama than Cindy. When Obama comes back from Iraq, the McCain team will stir up a scandal that has no basis in fact and howl if it does not get the coverage of the Wright affair. Many of us think the campaign is floundering and an attack on the press is evidence that McCain agrees.

McCain has underestimated Obama's political talent. McCain appears to have learned nothing from Hillary's campaign in that he has miscalculated so far.He appears to be unable to address issues like Iraq and the war in the direct way Obama does. The NYT op-ed flap says that. Something has to change with McCain's handling of those issues if he is going to make headway elsewhere.

Posted by: g8tr | July 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs takes the cake. He should just come out in a white Klan hood.

Posted by: cafenitro | July 22, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have already proved they are incapable of governing. All they can do is call names and sling mud. It is amazing to me that McCain would take this road seeing how it is the main reason Bush is at 24% approval. Its the tone stupid...and Americans are sick of it.

Posted by: Cal | July 22, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes media, why don't you report the many gaffes that Obama has made like you did with Dan Quayle. And Obama's many flip flops are now "reversals"...

Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse


OBAMA'S CHARACTER

An opportunist:
Obama is an opportunist who accepted support from Chicago crooks to get started.

Master of deception:
He knocks the surge in Iraq, but now takes political advantage of it's success.

Unpatriotic:
He wouldn't wear a flag lapel pin until criticized for it. He does not place his hand over his heart during the national anthem.

Condones terrorists:
Has a relationship with Ayers, the
domestic terroriost.

Judgement:
Spent 20 years in close association with the anti-American racist Wright who praises Farrahkan.

An Elitist:
He spoke ill of small town people.

An egomaniac:
He used a fake presidential seal.
He wanted to speak at the Brandenberg gate.
He wants a huge stadium for his acceptance speech.
He meets with overseas leaders before nomination.

An ingrate:
Uses his grandmother as an example to justify inappropriate behavior.

It does not speak well for Obama's supporters and for America that a man with the above character will be the democratic candidate for President.

Posted by: Billw | July 22, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

He is far worse then that, he is deranged and dangerous and can never be allowed to be leader of this country.

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McCain was just another foul mouthed and mocking "brat fly boy", as my Navy radar tech Brother-In-Law called Navy fliers in the 1960s.
Now mcCain is a bitter old dusty fart.

Posted by: tanaS | July 22, 2008 1:20 PM

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Obama is FAR worse than any thing said so far. Yes the media is in bed with Obama and so much for campaign finance reform. It must be nice to have free info commercials for you 24/7. Remember when the news was about just reporting facts.
Obama is an ultra liberal Marxists who will hurt Americans by crippling the economic engines of our country through heavy taxation and tampering. He will steal freedoms from Americans by expanding an already bloated government filled with wasteful and ripe for fraud programs that both Democrats and moderate Republicans fritter trillions. He will appoint activists judges who will further steal freedoms from Americans by usurping the power of the legislative and executive branches and the will of the people
He will prohibit ALL practical forms of Domestic energy which will further drive up the cost of everything, make us vulnerable to dysfunctional dictators, hurricanes in the Gulf that threaten the oil rigs there every year and cost us a plethora of jobs for Americans.
There is NOTHING good about the present Democrats who continue to block all practical domestic energy sources and coupled with an empty suit Obama with draconian Marxist economic policies will do serious damage to America and Americans. The terrorists must really love him; they're both on the same page.

Posted by: Mike | July 22, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke though. Obama gets more media coverage, not positive coverage though. Mainstream media REFUSES to report on McCain's biggest missteps. Fox, CNN, CBS, all refused to report on anything that questions McCain's military and veteran record(the vietnam vet who caught McCain in all of his lies about his support of vet issues at a townhall meeting) and on issues of McCain's charecter. No station other than MSNBC reports on the fact that McCain took millions from public financing for the primary before opting out(even though they played a months worth of stories when Obama choose not to use public financing). No station reported on the MAJOR revelation this past week that McCain cheated on his previous wife and repeatedly lied about it in his book and media appearances. McCain is SO lucky the media covers Obama more; if they covered him and his mis-steps and lies he'd be finished. Can you imagine if Obama had one these things???? You wouldn't be able to turn a TV on without seeing it. With McCain it gets swept under the rug. More smoke and mirrors from the GOP

Posted by: Awright | July 22, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know where Cheney is? Does anyone know what Cheney is doing?

Posted by: FLTNVA | July 22, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

He is far worse then that, he is deranged and dangerous and can never be allowed to be leader of this country.

_______
McCain was just another foul mouthed and mocking "brat fly boy", as my Navy radar tech Brother-In-Law called Navy fliers in the 1960s.
Now mcCain is a bitter old dusty fart.

Posted by: tanaS | July 22, 2008 1:20 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain was just another foul mouthed and mocking "brat fly boy", as my Navy radar tech Brother-In-Law called Navy fliers in the 1960s.
Now mcCain is a bitter old dusty fart.

Posted by: tanaS | July 22, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews' leg thrill is just one of many man-love comments he has blurted, most of them directed toward GOP men.

...and in the same vein, did you see Larry Craig talk about OPEC grabbing America's "nozzle"? You can't make up stuff that good.

Posted by: klevenstein | July 22, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Victim McCain back at it. Wah wah everyone is so mean to me. My service is attacked, they are making fun of my age, I WAS SHOT DOWN. WAHH WAHHH WAHHH. And if Maliki doesnt agree to let us stay in Iraq 100 years I'm gonna cry. LIBERAL MEDIA BIAS. See the tears running through the cancer scars on my face. I'm a victim!

Posted by: Julian | July 22, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The media just goes where the news takes them, they don't create it. Obama is in fact burying Mccain in every aspect. That is what a campaign is all about. Maybe Mccain may need to learn a little about running for public office. You can't do it talking to 200 people at a time in a vacuum. You have to take a few chances. We already know Mccain with his 4 day work week and his inability to balance his campaign with his other duties are too much for him. Does he really want that to be the focus of his news. "Mccain, then tired disfunction old man". He is not going to look good next to a guy playing basketball and cycling, when he looks like he needs a walker and can't complete a proper sentence.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain "bitter"! Also, is he getting just a bit more forgetful when he complains Obama was never in the military. Cheney was never in the military and look where his judgment got this country. Bush just hung out in the reserves and partied. McCain just reminds me more and more of a bitter old man - He would easily morph into Archie Bunker. I hope Obama takes another trip - during the Republican Convention. Perhaps he could go meet with Putin and Medvedev.

Posted by: LisaSt | July 22, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"I used to be the press' favorite pet, and now they've got a new pet. So I'm going to hold my breath until the press starts talking about ME again!"

So pathetic. With all the gaffes and blunders the McCain camp has made the past few weeks, he should be counting his blessings that there wasn't more scrutiny of him.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | July 22, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse


For a politician who has gotten fawning coverage for decades & continues to escape critical scrutiny for the most party to send make this an issue is pure hypocrisy (not to mention the videos really suck in a trying too hard to be hip kind of way).

Bur ir ia even worse that Kurtz writes this without mentioning the media's love affair with McCain.

And the McCain campaign did more than use CNN soundbites from Kurtz (umm, Newsweek & Time have done plenty of positive McCain covers over the years). they're using the media is too soft on Obama argument he's been making for a long time.

Posted by: hypocrisy | July 22, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Could it be Mccain is not news and nothing more then a dime a dozen politician you can fine on any corner in Washington? When is he going to say of do anything substantive? I think 26 years is long enough to wait.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

McClone's campaign might want to reign this in before it backfires on them. There are many more examples of the media's legendary love affair with McLovin' than there will ever be with Obama.

Just check your YouTube search an also Google the news for it.

Posted by: klevenstein | July 22, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Boy do they not get it. They are the ones getting the free pass. Remember what happened when they said this about Obama during the Hillary race? they went after Obama to show they can be fair handed. The press is already getting their fill of Mccains attempts to manipulate them. This may be a good example of be careful what you ask for. They will take their attention off of Obama long enough to show just what a mess the Mccain campaign is. His mess up's have been so far swept under the rug. You put Mccain under a magnifier and you will not like what you see.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

It is the irony of the Iraq trip that gives me a chuckle. McCain dared Obama to go and challenged the press to cover him. They mocked Obama as unknowledgeable. Now they see what they have helped to create and question why he went. McCain only wants Obama to admit that the surge worked and that Obama should dutifully allow Patraeus set the US mission, in addition to setting military strategy. The constitution provides that the Commander in Cheif should be a civilian. If Sen McCain wishes to abrogate his responsibility to the nation by having no plan and ceding responsibility to his generals that is not leadership, that is not noble and that is what we have done in Iraq for five years. We are floundering and McCain does not recognize it.

Obama has said that the conditions are on the ground are more favorable, he has acknowledged that Gen Patraeus is not in favor of withdrawing at this time. What Obama said was that as president he has to make decisions that include more than Iraq and even Afghanistan, it has to include terrorism and the economy. Obama is showing us a way to overcome our our obsessive preoccupation with Iraq and how this country can deal with the many problems we have without loosing site of our national interest.

Posted by: Ronnn | July 22, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Someone quick change grandpa McCain's depends because he's tied them in a knot.

Posted by: Playa | July 22, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain spent the whole of his speech this Tuesday morning bashing Obama instead of outlining his own solutions to the huge and growing problems the US faces...

He's sounding more and more like the whiny old uncle who everyone avoids at family gatherings because he spends all of his time complaining about his own problems and his anger at the perceived unfairness of the world!

Posted by: wagonjak | July 22, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain has turned into such a whiney cry baby..."whah...whah...the media doesn't love me, the NYT won't print my article...whah...whah". It's shameful. If I were a republican, I'd kill myself. And this whiney crybaby wants to be our president.

Posted by: Playa | July 22, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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